What in the world?????
Why are boys in Japan dancing their socks off in local parks?
Why are people in India joining laughing clubs?
What are tattoos all about?
Why does my friend live on a “reserve”?
Culture has a lot to do with who we are and how we live, who we are told to love and who we are allowed to hate. Culture can raise us up or push us down. Culture defines how we are similar to others and how we are different from them also. So what’s it all about?
Understanding the diversity and complexity of cultural expressions in one culture enhances our understanding of other cultures. Interactions between belief systems, social organization, and languages influence artistic expressions of culture. Geographic and environmental factors influenced the development of agriculture, trade, and increasingly complex cultures. Value systems and belief systems shape the structures of power and authority within a culture.