How To: Learn About Culture

If you already follow Her Culture, you are probably interested in learning about the role that culture plays in all of our lives. Unfortunately for some, there is no SparkNotes that directly informs us about the role that culture plays in our lives, since customs and beliefs are abstract ethos that we need to interpret for ourselves. However, there are many resources that we can use to learn about various cultures, which in the long run, will lead to our better understanding of our place in this multifaceted universe. The following are a couple of ways to learn more about the multitude of cultures that exist in our world. I hope you enjoy!

1) Books

I don’t know about you ladies, but when I am reading a good book, my mind permeates the pages and I find myself lost within a completely different world. As cheesy as this may sound, stories, whether the settings are different countries or different socioeconomic backgrounds, the book is fictional or biographical, or the characters are different in every shape and form from me or not, teach me a tremendous amount about people from all walks of life. Although certain characters may seem to be leading alternative lives, they experience universal emotions due to their conflicts or desires.


2) Foreign Films and Songs

Similarly to reading books, watching movies or listening to songs in other languages may open one up to an assortment of perspectives. In school, the syllabus for every Spanish class that I have taken so far, has consisted of watching and listening to at least one movie and song, respectively, in Spanish. The fact that the meaning and emotion behind the director and writer who created the film and the artist who wrote the song, can be directly translated into English both literally and figuratively, continues to strike me with an inexplicable intensity.

3) Museum Visits

Since I can remember, with every new location that my family and I have traveled to, we have partaken in at least a couple of museum visits. While I definitely grew impatient at times, such as when my parents would take what felt like forever to read a caption next to an artifact, I have soon after realized the importance of understanding the significant contribution that archeological excavates and paintings have given to cultures all around the world. Many of us can so easily visit a museum in our home town or in a different country, and learn how aspects of people’s cultures are reflected in artifacts and in art. My appreciation for art, especially, has increased exponentially since I commenced my AP art history class in school, which if offered, I recommend that everyone takes.

4) Current Events

While learning from the past is essential to looking towards the future, being up to date regarding important political, economic, and social events, both within the country that you reside in as well as in the world in general, is equally important. Events both inspirational and tragic have, throughout history, contributed to the overall atmosphere in the United States, for instance. Thus,  knowing the current happenings in various countries can help one be able to talk intelligently with people from all over the world.

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