Attend a cultural celebration or festival sponsored by a local cultural association. Learn about the various traditions

For this journal, each student will need to seek to have a cross-cultural experience and engage with people from
a different ethno-linguistic background than your own. Here are a few suggestions of experiences to have:
• Visit the home of a friend from another country. Ask them to teach you how to make food from that country, or
how to play a sport which is unique to that country. Talk together about the differences in your two cultures and
challenges of interacting with people who are different.
• Attend a cultural celebration or festival sponsored by a local cultural association. Learn about the various
traditions. (Look for Greek Festivals, Indian Cultural Festivals, Chinese New Year celebrations, etc.)
• Visit a local non-Christian place of worship (Mosque, Hindu temple, Buddhist temple, etc.). Respectfully ask
for a tour and ask for someone to share a little about their religion, the meanings of certain artifacts or statues
you see, and the purpose of the practices you witness.
• Attend a Christian worship gathering where most of the attendees have an ethno-linguistic background that is
different than your own. (Many communities have churches who worship in a foreign language)
• Visit a local ethnic restaurant (note: Taco Bell, Panda Express, Chipotle, Chuy’s, and other American chain
restaurants that serve “international food” do not count as ethnic restaurants. Find a place where the chef and
most of the staff are from the country from where the food originates, and other people of that same ethnicity go
there to get food from home). Talk with the staff about where they are from and ask them about how they make
their most iconic dishes. Ask about the role food plays in their culture. **This only counts if you actually engage
in conversations other than ordering food!**
After you have completed your cultural experience, use the questions below as a writing prompt for your
journal. (Questions in parenthesis are suggestions to help guide your thinking)
• Describe your cultural experience. (Where did you go? Who did you talk to? What do you see, hear, smell,
taste, feel? Did anything surprise you? What did you most enjoy about the experience? What was the most
difficult part?)
• Discuss what you learned about the culture represented through the experience.
• How can your CQ help you in cross-cultural experiences such as these (be specific)?
• How has your awareness of cultures in general or the specific culture represented changed as a result of your
Alternative Assignment Option for Journal 3
• We know that some students live in places and situations which may prevent them from having such a crosscultural experience. While we encourage you to do some more research in your community because many
students are surprised to find that there is more diversity than they expect, we do understand that there are
limitations. If you cannot find a cross-cultural experience like the ones listed above, you may, with the prior
permission of your instructor, use a digital experience as a substitute. You may watch a movie that was produced
in a foreign country (think Bollywood, Chinese film, French Film, etc.), or watch a movie about a person who
crosses cultures. Please contact your professor if you would like to use a digital option for this journal. For your
journal entry you will discuss the elements of culture you found to be unique in the media (especially focus on
cultural value orientations, the cross-cultural challenges experienced by the character, and the ways you would
apply cultural intelligence to be able to engage that culture effectively

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