For this assignment, you are asked to interview someone of a culture that is different from your own. It may be a classmate, a friend or family member, or someone in your community. This will give you practice in micro engagement, as well as assist in exploring with someone about their cultures respectfully. This assignment also allows for reflection on your own culture and experiences. The following questions are a guide, or ideas, that you can utilize in your interview.
Cultural Interview Exercise
Interview someone of an ethnicity/culture different from your own.
Generation in the US they identified with
Nationality, ethnicity, “race” – level of identification
Individuality vs. family/community orientation, decision-making
Social roles (spouse, child, parent, partner, friend, etc.)
Socio-economic status (and has it changed during their lifetime or across generations?)
Work and recreation preferences, attitudes, beliefs
Customs, rituals, traditions that are significant
Superstitions, folk beliefs
Rules/norms regarding interactions, manners, touch, eye contact, gestures, etc.
Assertiveness vs. passivity
How emotions are expressed; how disagreements are handled
Beliefs and practices regarding health, illness, mental health, indigenous healing or healers
Gender, birth order, age, housing arrangements
Food/drink, beliefs about eating/alcohol/drugs
Current prejudices about other groups
Extent to which they have experienced prejudice and/or oppression
Extent to which they benefit from social privilege
What “other” groups are they most comfortable around? Why?
What “other” groups are they least comfortable around? Why? How do they plan to address this discomfort?
What about their culture makes them most proud? Least proud?
Cultural Interview Paper Instructions
After the interview, write 3-4 pages on the knowledge and insight you gained from completing this assignment. Discuss how you feel, what you think, how you react to the notion of serving this minority population in the micro, mezzo and macro areas of social work practice. Additionally, include how the information may influence your professional work.
Questions to consider in your paper:
How has this group been treated historically in our culture? What is the history (e.g., laws, experiences, etc.) related to this type of oppression? What assumptions, beliefs, or attributions appear to drive the oppression or discrimination of this group?
What are examples of specific oppressive or discriminatory practices that this group has encountered as they interact with various institutions? You may include social, economic, educational, faith, and health care institutions in your discussion, as well as any other institutions of relevance.
What may be the outcomes or implications of these experiences for the marginalized group? Consider the range of bio-psycho-social-spiritual outcomes and other issues of relevance.
What examples of strength and resilience are, or have been, evident within members of this group? What may be the implications of these oppressive practices for social workers who work with individuals from this population? What are 2-3 specific understandings or actions that you see as critical to supporting non-oppressive practices with the culture you learned about?
Grammar is important/ please hand assignment on time/ follow all instructions how the paper should be written. I will attach file of the interview also my background of my culture.
Follow every detail to wrote this reflection paper