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I’m working on a english question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Question #1 Topic
Long-answer question based on the essay “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” (Week 10 module)
Question #2 Topic
Long-answer question based on the essay “A Small Place” (Week 11 module)
Question #3 Topic
Long-answer question based on the module “Culture & Business” (Week 12 module)
Question #4 Topic
Long-answer question based on the article “Either/Or” (Week 13 module)
Question 1 – After reading “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari,” do you think !Kung culture is generally individualistic or collectivistic? Why?
*You must provide concrete examples from the story and clearly relate them to the definitions of individualism/collectivism as discussed in the course.
Question 2– Jamaica Kincaid, the author of “A Small Place,” grew up in Antigua but later left her homeland for the United States, where she pursued her higher education, worked and eventually settled. Kincaid’s writings are said to have been informed by her ambivalent cultural identity – while she does not feel truly at home in either Antigua or the U.S., she positively identifies with both cultures.
Based on the essay “A Small Place,”
a. Discuss two examples of Kincaid’s ambivalent attitude toward Antigua and Antiguans.
b. Discuss one possible reason why Kincaid might positively identify with her American identity – which seems odd because she was scathingly critical of Americans in the essay.
Question 3– Recall the module “Culture & Business” – namely the PPT summary of the book chapter “Business & Intercultural Communication” (Samovar et al.) and the article “Raising Students’ Intercultural Awareness” (Gerritsen).
a. Based on what we learned about the business protocols and cultures of the four countries of Brazil, India, China and the U.S., how would you characterize the power distance of two (any two; your choice) out of the four countries? Please justify your answer with concrete examples.
b. According to Gerritsen’s article, what were the kinds of job requirements that the Dutch and Flemish students see as most important? Why the difference?
Question 4– In the article “Either/Or,” the author Ariel Levy tells the story of the track and field star Caster Semenya to show that gender (i.e., male vs. female) is more of a cultural category than a “natural” or biological one. How so? Please explain using concrete examples from Caster Semenya’s story.