Crossing the Cultural Barrier
A look at the concept of the "Ugly America" condescending traveler and what can be done these days to prevent such misconceptions.
# 5847 | 1,750 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2001 |
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Ethnic Studies (South American) , Latin-American Studies (General) , Sociology (General)
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An examination of the cultural barriers that exist when people travel abroad and how Americans are specifically sensitive to anything "non-American" when touring. This paper includes useful websites and hints the traveler should explore before embarking on his travels in order to avoid culture shocks. The paper brings an example of a South American group of students wishing to study in an exchange program.
From the Paper:"But, while business travel and vacation trips may be relatively brief, increasing numbers of both businesspeople and students are taking advantage of study- or work-abroad programs and moving into radically different cultures not as temporary tourists, but as semi-permanent residents for weeks, months, or even years at a time. This propensity for packing up and "seeing the world," together with an increased overall global consciousness, is commendable—but it's also not without its own share of hazards which are above and beyond the normal challenges of everyday life in one's native country. "
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