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Cultural Diversity

In a society such as ours, during a new millennium, culture and lifestyles vary to the extreme. All across the world, there are many different cultures, and many of these people with different cultures live in the United States. Sometimes, I think we catch ourselves being close-minded about other religions and cultures, because of the way we believe or the way we've been raised by our parents. In most cases the values and beliefs that are held by ones parents have an impact on their children's values and beliefs as well. I am going to look further into the lifestyle of another individual different from me, as impacted by an individual's development and growth. I will determine how different races, religions, and cultures have affected this individual, and compare and contrast her culture from mine.

My interview was with Mary, a 19-year-old female who

lives at home and attends college. She is single, with no

children and still lives at home with her parents. Mary

was born in India, where she lived for twelve years. At the

age of two, Mary's father moved to the United States for

poverty issues, to make a better life for his family. Mary

tells me in India, there were no hospitals really close by,

unlike ours here in America. In India, the doctor came to

the village that you live in, once a year for your yearly

examinations. Mary explained to me that between the ages

of six and twelve, she never really hung out with people

that much beyond school. She didn't have much of an

explanation for it, except that she didn't trust people

enough to have close friendships with anyone.

At the age of twelve, Mary moved to the United States

where her father was living. It was a time in her life

when she just beginning to enter early adolescence, and she

was moving to a country with a total different culture than

she was use to. Her self-evaluation of herself wa

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