Conflicts emanating from Cultural Diversity and Personal Issues
The entire story revolves around two people each of seemingly divergent cultural backgrounds. The narrator describes Agatha, her friend as hot-tempered based on their experiences of working together. Upon consultation with the director concerning the renewal of Agatha’s contract in the Family Literacy Program, the narrator made a remark concerning Agatha’s hot-temperedness. This inevitably leads to the termination of her contract, a decision the director failed to communicate to the discerning recipient. Agatha’s hot temper comes to play when she openly accuses the narrator of being a hypocrite and failing to disclose the termination of her contract. The narrator tries to explain that she was not the right person to communicate with her that information but her pleas were snubbed. Agatha had her mind made up. This is the conflict caused partly by cultural differences, misunderstandings and personal issues.
Comparison of Cultural Differences (Myself and Worker)
Argentinian and Ecuadorian culture share some marked similarities. Spanish is widely spoken in both regions. It is the official language of Ecuador. Both areas are comprised of many indigenous groups, which have their own native language. Finally, Spanish is however spoken predominantly in Argentina while it is the official language in Ecuador (Mulcahy, 2017). Argentina is home to many different European and South American immigrants while Ecuador is home to few. LDS culture lay more emphasis on family and worshipping as a group while the Catholic lay emphasis on individuality and one’s individual relationship to God. A 53-year-old is wiser and experienced than a 43-year-old (Pizzi & Sussex, 2011).
Cultural Differences (Director Vs Myself)
European culture is centred on concepts of art such as architecture, philosophy drawings and such while Ecuadorian culture focuses on education and advancements in civilization (Makaryk & McHugh, 2012). An older person has more experience and wisdom hence the narrator is more likely to hold these characteristics. This might be the reason as to why the director sought the advice of the narrator concerning the renewal of Agatha’s contract. In terms of gender, a woman is more sensitive to emotion than a man hence is. The narrator felt heartbroken upon being called a hypocrite by Agatha (Gruen, 2011).
Identify concerns with each Cultural Identity
Each culture has its own unique set of distinguishing factors. Being a woman is associated with having sensitive emotions (Gruen, 2011). This might be the reason behind Agatha’s occasional hot temperedness. In Argentina, the economy is not always stable, and as a result, many people are unemployed. Ecuadorian culture is often comprised of people, who are self-centered, example, they may exclusively consider their own in terms of employment. This might be the sole reason behind her immigration to her present country. In most cases, young individuals lack respect for older people since, according to them, their time has passed, and hence they have no say in modern matters (Brown, Jones & Gamble, 2016). Older individuals, however, may view young people as primitive and unwise since they lack experience. LDS focus more on family and togetherness within their own. Their religion relatively do not associate with outside religions. Catholics also have the same concern, but they can go as far as to isolate members of the Christian faith who are not Catholics.
Role of Cultural Differences in the Case
Cultural differences may have played a significant role in the given case. Agatha’s hot temperedness is the reason as to why she always jumps into conclusion and speaks her mind out even in situations requiring restraint. This is also the reason as to why she left her faith in the first place. The difference in their religion may have caused the narrator not to recommend her to the director upon being asked her opinion concerning the renewal of the contract. The difference in age, that is,. the narrator seeing Agatha as being too young may also be a reason, since it shows that Agatha is inexperienced and unable to handle matters as efficiently as she can. The apparent lack of a bond due to the difference in cultures is also a highly likely causative agent.
The biases which exist as a result of differences in ethnicity is more centred around securing of employment (Mulcahy, 2017). Employers tend to be more comfortable hiring individuals who are local since it allows for more efficient communication and understanding. As a result, in the case of two applicants applying for a job, each of the same qualifications and one from another cultural setting, the local individual is more likely to be afforded the job (Mulcahy, 2017). Similarly, in the contest for electoral seats biases are always bound to happen based on the cultural differences. Individuals tend to believe that only a person who is one of their own is able to lead effectively since they encounter akin scenarios and understand the problems faced more.
Improving Cultural Competency
In light of the above-mentioned matters, my judgements made will be based solely on human attributes. For instance, I will judge every person I meet based on his or her character and open mindedness rather than race. In the case of recommendation in employment, a similar plan will be employed which recommend people based on their skill and qualification, rather than their ethnic background (Dawkins, 2012). .
Identify the Practice
The practice identified is community or charity work. Charity work basically involves visiting people in many different areas and offering assistance, particularly in the case of individuals facing poverty or other social issues (Brown et al., 2016). A practice such as this one allows individuals to fully appreciate the different cultures of the world since the people being visited are all from different cultures, and the individuals who are doing the visiting may also hail from different cultures as well. This allows for a proper cultural mix.
The practice is noble and involves giving back to the society. This corresponds well with Agatha and the Narrator’s Christian ideologies. As already explained above, it would give them a chance to meet different people from various cultures and share their experiences (Brown et al., 2016). As a result, they may appreciate many diverse cultures and drive out the cultural barrier, which may exist among them. As a result, they will learn to see each other united for a common interest.
The first lesson learnt is never to trust anyone fully because one may not be acutely aware of another person’s conscious and intentions (Brown et al., 2016). Trusting fully might lead to some pronounced problems in the form of regrets. Secondly, cultural diversity serves as a barrier against proper human relations. Therefore, individuals are unable to interact fully with each other
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