Descriptions of cultures by malj


									Descriptions of cultures
15 descriptions of different cultures that include 10 conceptions/facts/characteristics the
teams of students considered relevant in describing their cultures.*

   1. description
         Our most typical characteristic is the ability to compromise.
         It is related to the feeling that we would like everything to stay as it is.
         These two characteristics are well-reflected in how we have managed the
          conflicts between two sub-cultures and languages in our country.
         Catholicism is present in our culture and education, even though it’s hidden
          and we don’t follow the Pope’s orders.
         We are proud of the medieval heritage that is visible in many of our cities.
         We are open to international relationships, even though an average citizen
          cares only for one’s narrow personal circle.
         We think of ourselves as individuals, not as a mass.
         We know that some things are not right in our society, but we are not bothered
          to deal with them until they start to influence our personal lives.
         We are hospitable and friendly.
         A great part of our personal and social lives revolves around good food.
   2. description
         The Stone of Destiny, which our neighbours robbed from us and have now
          decided to return to us!
         Long winters leave us in darkness.
         New Year – great traditional party, with family, friends and alcohol.
         A great international art festival (drama, music, performance) takes place in
          our capital every year.
         The fishing industry gives an extensive part of the income in coastal cities and
         Castles, fortresses.
         Traditional dishes.

3. description
      Small country, small nation.
      We have lived in our homeland for over 5000 years.
      Our country has been conquered by many big countries, which has had an
       influence on our culture.
      Strong national identity.
      Sea, swamps and forests.
      Four seasons and moonlit summer nights.
      Most of our people have been city dwellers no more than two generations,
       which explains our strong connection with the land.
      Individualism and introvercy.
      Great singing parties.
      People eat a lot of boiled vegetables, especially potatoes, and pork.

4. description
      We are creative and have a high IQ.
      We are open-hearted and hospitable.
      We have an excellent football team (1998).
      We have the most beautiful women in the world (come and have a look).
      We sing folk songs in the open air.
      We like to look at other people and criticise.
      We like to party.
      We have the best computer specialists in the world.
      We have the most beautiful nature.

5. description
      Strong family relations, even after getting married.
      Extended family is a value; married couples live with parents or relatives.
      Religious, the only predominantly Christian country in Asia.
      Conservative – virginity and the Sacrament of Marriage are valued.
      Hospitable – the visitors are offered the best we have.
      Many festivities in the honour of various saints.
      Politeness is highly regarded; younger people kiss the hand of an older
      Deadlines are not followed, nobody seems to stick to a plan.
      Hard-working – many contracted employees working in other countries,
       recently industrialised country.
      Creative – various exotic dishes (frogs, dogs, insects), means of transport
       (e.g. three-wheelers) and local products.

6. description
      We often have a certain smile, no matter what the circumstance.
      We have a nice-shaped mountain that is very special to us.
      Our people always carry some electronic bauble with them.
      The way we serve our food is as beautiful as it is appetising.
      People are used to feeling secluded in our country, but this is changing.
      Our country has a historical tradition of women who provide companionship
       and entertainment.
      We have a long history of fighters loyal to their master.
      Our country seems to be very densely populated.
      There are many strict rules and regulations here. Pupils wear uniforms and
       many professions have strict dress codes.
      We consider ourselves to be a very hard-working people.

7. description
      Rich and versatile heritage.
      Close family relations.
      Centre of pilgrimages – faith in deities.
      Linguistic and cultural diversity; classical music and dances are preferred.
      Worshiping nature.
      Democratic and secular state.
      Unity in diversity.
      Orthodox, conventional and conservative people.
      Awareness in clothing – women wear traditional clothes, jewellery and adore
      Patriarchal society – men are being worshipped.

8. description
      Unusual location – between two continents.
      History – former empire.
      Tapestries.
      People proud of their nation.
      Relations are based on cooperation.
      Secular government in Islamic country.
      Great importance on food and how it’s served.
      Rich in natural resources.
      Strong family relations.
      Opposing sides of a magnet.

9. description

         We know how to live, eat, dress.... There are several rules on how to live, eat
          and dress that we consider relevant.
         Our strong country and strong national feelings are the result of our long
         Preservation and spreading of our language all over the world is relevant to
         Love for art and literature are of great importance in our culture.
         We believe that our nation represents human rights.
         We are quite undisciplined; we don’t like rules or regulations.
         We adhere to public services and well-being.
         Our country has both advanced technology as well as traditions.
         Our society is elitist, even though, in theory, everybody is allowed to do what
          they want.
         Our country has always had a strong social movement.

10. description

         Inventors
         Survivors
         Casanovas
         Fashionable
         Do not tolerate homosexuality
         On the border between East and West
         Our national symbol is rose oil
         According to the British MENSA test, we have the top IQ
         Yoghurt
         Mixture of different cultures

11. description

         Awareness in environmental and political issues
         Bicycles, motorcars and good infrastructure
         Industry, technology
         Hard-working, formal, bureaucratic, democratic, busy, well-organised, serious,
          romantic, individualistic, non-religious
         Tradition of music and philosophy
         Unfriendly sales-people
         Wide selection of beer, bread, wine – many pubs
         Problems with national identity
         We love to travel
         High population density

12. description
       We have our own language with a Latin background
         Typical food: tomato spread on bread
         The holy family, Gaudi
         Costa Brava and Dorada
         Homeland of artists
         Strong feelings related to our football team
         Religious mountain Montserrat
         Versatility of landscapes
         Capital centered

13. description
         We have many different races and cultures
         Our climate is very versatile: we have everything starting from snowy
          mountains to hot deserts
         We have wide plains and overpopulated cities
         Freedom
         One official language
         Open-minded
         Friendly
         We are a young, but strong country
         Competitive
         Looking to the future

14. description

         Hard-working
         Unified
         Ambivalent
         Polite
         Respect for older people
         Traditional martial arts
         Entrance examinations to schools
         Non-religious
         Technological development
         Passive

15. description
         Independence/individualism
         Country of music: rock-n-roll and rap
         Busy society
         Competitiveness in sport and business
         Media and technology centered
         Materialistic
         Crime and violence
         Strong work ethics
         Fight for freedom
         Egocentric

* 15 descriptions of different cultures that include 10 conceptions/facts/characteristics
the teams of students considered relevant in describing their cultures. All teams took a
virtual course “Cross-cultural explorations and dialogue” in 1997. Your task is to guess,
which are the cultures described, keeping in mind that some teams were from the same
country, so the culture does not always indicate the country.

   I-       Belgium
   II-     Scotland
   III-    Estonia
   IV-     Bulgaria
   V-       Philippines
   VI-     Japan
   VII-    India
   VIII-   Turkey
   IX-     France
   X-       Bulgaria
   XI-     Germany
   XII-    Catalonia
   XIII-   USA
   XIV-    Japan
   XV-     USA


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