International Perspectives Learning Outcomes

It is hard to analyze the relevancy and accuracy of personal worldview. Every individual forms the worldview from the sentences and views he or she truly believes in. As everyone, I have some beliefs and attitudes, but I understand I can change it in future.  I always remember about the subjective nature of many ideas. This knowledge keeps me away from judging people with different worldview: I know there is more than one point of view in every discussion.  As for me, I am always ready to agree with the opponent if he or she can explain the idea. On the other hand, I can insist on my own point of view using the reasonable arguments and evidences.

Our beliefs usually are closely linked with our native culture. Religion, art, even cuisine of our Motherland shapes the personal worldview in childhood. Every nation has its own culture and people are proud of it. Sure, there are differences between cultures of different countries. For example, Europeans do not use insects in their cuisine. At the same time many Asian gastronomies use cockroaches and other insects for delicious meals.  In my native country in some communities male members of family cannot visit the kitchen, other communities forbid men and women to eat at the same room, and so on. People should be tolerant to these cultural differences even if they don’t like it.

Many factors shape the culture in every country: geography of the region, climate and agriculture, anthropological factors and so on. The interrelation between neighboring countries always had cultural impact on both. For example, Chinese attempts to invade in Japan in 14-15 centuries created the interest to Japanese culture in China and vise versa. Nowadays the modern communicative solutions like television and Internet support the interaction of cultures. Besides, global movement of working force in 19-20 centuries created the cultural mix all over the world. It is important to remember that people are main bearers of cultural values and every culture is alive as long as culture beams exist.

Returning to influence of global factors like total workforce migration, technical solutions and knowledge exchange it is necessary to notice that many cultures can enrich themselves with new knowledge, traditions and arts. However, the excessive enrichment can create another problem: the loss of roots. Another gastronomic trend can be used like example: after the World War II many Japanese were fond of American culture and American tradition of fast food instead of traditional Japanese food. As the result, the level of obesity in Japan significantly increased. The best development in this globalized world should combine the native roots with the best achievements of other cultures.

The interaction of cultures continues on the level of language. English becomes the most widely spread language in the Western hemisphere. The knowledge of English allows getting education in other country, makes the travels easy, and helps finding friends. However, English should not replace the mother tongue.

At the end of reflective paper I’d like to return to the influence of global issue in my own life. I plan to graduate Iowa State University and I am grateful to globalization for this opportunity. I could hardly achieve this without the influence of global factors.  Janis Stein coined the term “network of knowledge” to describe international students from different countries in one university. Returning to their native countries or working worldwide, these students create the network of educated people, the chain linking countries. Thus, despite the negative aspects of globalization (like air and water pollutions, inequality growth , and so on) I am happy to live nowadays.

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