Cultural Study of A Kenyan American Female Case Study by Nicky

Cultural Study of A Kenyan American Female
This essay explores the cultural background of J.N., a female from Kenya who is now an American citizen working as a nurse, to highlight the differences between the Kenyan and American cultures.
# 127976 | 924 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 21, 2010 in Anthropology (African) , African-American Studies (General)

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This essay is a cultural study of a woman referred to as J.N, who grew up in Kenya, in the Kikiyu culture, but now lives in the U.S. The paper outlines the major differences in culture between Kenyan and American society, the history of the Kikiyu culture, food choices, health background and the influence the Kikuyu culture has had on J.N's nursing practices. The paper argues that J.N's story shows how traditional views of health and healing promote patient well being.

From the Paper:

"Time orientation is one of the key differences between Kenyan and American society, notes J.N. Although she is punctual for work, she does not value strict time constraints like most Americans do. J.N. wears watches only as fashion accessories and when meeting friends does not pay too much attention to the actual time. Her sense of time is sensitive and internal, but J.N. has lived in the United States long enough to appreciate punctuality in professional settings. Therefore, J.N. is a model for bridging the gap between two vastly different time orientations."

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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison National African Language Resource Center. Retrieved Oct 12, 2008 from

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