Thehardest part about this reading was convincing myself that it applies to me.Just when I started taking this reading seriously, I was more intrigued thanever! This reading opens your mind to how difficult it is for someone toattempt to adjust to something new. While trying to adjust one will experiencelanguage struggle, cultural division, and even moments of frustration. I don’tthink one understands how difficult it is to adjust unless they are the onehaving to go through the process. Adjusting to something new is a challenge,but I think the even bigger challenge would be trying to reverse your culturalshock.
This reading brings up a term “reentry shock” which pretty much is whathappens when you finally get back to your comfort zone and have a tough timereadjusting back to it. Ferraro introduces four strategiesthat is useful when visiting another country. Understanding the general conceptof culture is the first strategy and this strategy just wants people to have anopen mind and recognize that there is reason behind different culturalpractices.
Becoming familiar with local communication (verbal and nonverbal) isan important strategy. Understanding that some terms or gestures may bedifferent in another country is important to know simply because of respect,not wanting to offend someone. Cultural self-awareness is a strategy that getspeople to open up their minds to understand that everyone’s culture norms aredifferent.
The most important strategy I would say would be is to obtain asmuch cultural information as possible. Research, read journals, anything thatwould be give an insight on what to look forward to (the good and the bad). People take pride in talking about theirhomeland, so finding out information about another country would not be asdifficult.
Before this reading I never wouldhave processed how hard it may be for other cultures to come into the UnitedStates and the struggle it is for them to adjust to how things are done here.My mind and heart is now more open to helping them learn the necessary things neededto make life in the U.S. more comfortable. By doing so not only will I behelping them adjust to a new lifestyle, I will also have the opportunity tolearn things from them that will help me communicate better with differentcultures as well.