"The American Culture"
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Starting Question Do we have a Taiwanese culture that is unique and different from other countries/cultures? What is your impression of America? What do you know about the American culture?
United States Known as the “melting pot” Academics = “salad bowl” (cultural diversity) Immigrations = Ireland, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Western Africa Four races = Native American or American Indian, African American, Asian and White
Interesting State Facts Nevada = Only State that has legalized prostitution Brothels are heavily regulated Utah = has the largest population of Mormons Main church = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hawaii = used to be it’s own country as a monarchy Texas = used to be part of Mexico Massachusetts = the only States that legalizes same-sex marriage Washington D.C. = the countries capital Not a State but a district Mostly African Americans live there
New York City The Statue of Liberty Given by France after the American Revolution Represents freedom and democracy Torch: symbol of enlightenment Crown (25 windows): symbolizes gemstones and heaven’s rays shining over the world Crown spikes (7): seven seas and continents Tablet: a book of law Broken chains: freedom as movement forward against oppression and servitude
Personal Spaces Intimate distance: about 18 inches (45.7 cm) apart For family, pets and very close friends Personal distance: about 4 to 5 feet (1.2 - 1.5 meters) For friends and acquaintances Handshakes with strangers = at least 2 to 4 feet apart Social distance: about 4 to 12 feet (1.2 - 3.7 meters) For formal, business and other impersonal interactions such as meeting a client Public Space: more than 12 feet (3.7 meters)
The American Dream Land of opportunity (1) individual freedom of choice in life styles (2) equal access to economic abundance (3) the pursuit of shared objectives mutually advantageous to the individual and society
September 11, 2001 Do you remember what you were doing at this time? What was your first reaction when you heard about the news? What is your attitude now towards the United States?
Vocabularies A Glance 一瞥 Academics 學術 Diversity 多樣性 Immigration 移民 Race 種族 Colony 殖民地 Legalize 合法的 Brothel 妓院 Regulate 管制 Population 人口 Mormon 摩門教徒 Monarchy 君主國 District 行政區 Revolution 革命 Represent 象徵 Enlightenment 啟蒙 開明 Gemstone 寶石 Rays 日光 Continent 大陸 陸地 Tablet 刻寫板 Chain 鎖鍊 Movement 動向 Oppression 壓制 Servitude 奴役 束縛 Impersonal 非個人的 客觀的 Abundance 豐富 充足 Objective 目標 Mutually 互相 彼此 Advantageous 有利的 有益的
Reference Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_the_United_States#_note-The_Hidden_Dimension