My Personal Cultural Diversity Narrative Essay by Nicky

A personal essay that narrates the cultural identity of someone with a Persian background.
# 150175 | 879 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2012 in Ethnic Studies (Middle East) , Ethnic Studies (General)

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This narrative essay provides the backdrop for a piece on one's cultural identity. A large part of the paper focuses on the writers identification with both Persian and American culture. Taking a focused look at Persian culture, the writer analyses how it has come to affect them in many ways. In the end, the writer concludes that one's identity helps create a more comprehensive view of the world around them.

From the Paper:

"The general attitude of Persian culture has also greatly enhanced my ability to live and work in a culturally diverse world, as well; some of the most important Persian festivals are pure celebrations of life and existence, and the joy that such ceremonies inspire carries over into the daily life of the Persian culture (Fordham 2007).
"At the same time as I have been indoctrinated--quite willingly--in the over-reaching aspects of Persian culture, I have also been strongly Americanized through my school and my peers. At times, this has led to conflicts, both with my parents and internally as I struggled with what appeared to be opposing cultural values. Not celebrating Christmas, and not having time off from school for Persian religious holidays, has always made me take great notice of the fact that I am "different." As I have matured, however, I have come to appreciate this difference, and to realize that everyone truly is "different" in many ways. It took me quite awhile to come to this realization and to fully accept my culturally diverse identity as a Persian-American, but now that I have I realize that the diversity I struggled with in my youth has actually given me a great advantage in modern society. I am already prepared and well equipped not only to "deal with" cultural diversity, but to actively engage and navigate a world where it is commonplace."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carnevale, A. & Stone, S. (1994). "Diversity beyond the golden rule." Training and development, pp. 22-39.
  • During, J. & Mirabdolbaghi, Z. (1991). The art of Persian music. New York: Mage publishing.
  • Fordham. (2007). "Persia." Internet ancient history sourcebook. Accessed 8 September 2009.
  • Woods, S. (2009). "Workplace diversity." Cornell university ILR school. Accessed 8 September 2009.

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