An Interpretation of a Lacuna: Culture gaps
Culture gap is a difference between two cultures or two social groups of people. They have different values, behavior, education or customs which is the biggest hindrance to mutual understanding and communication. Culture gaps also can relate to religion, ethnicity, or age. However, with the different social group if they have a lack of commutation may lead to misunderstanding. This is a disadvantage of the culture gap. Moreover, Culture learning is a lifelong process, If culture as context, the environment gives individual behavior and values (Dale L 2003). Although it is hard to join a different culture, many of immigrants put themselves into a local culture, the cross-cultural makes them new and different.
As an international student who study in western country, I can clearly see and feel the culture difference between Western and Eastern, which from the beliefs, attitude, forthrightness, independence, spirituality, relationship, etc. The variations do exist through the life, the way of looking at life has a large difference, (Nabanita Dhar 2013). Although we know where the problems are, it still difficult to adapt to the other culture. The biggest challenge to involved in another country is language (Peoria magazines 2009). For example, an English spoken from the USA or U.K. who working in the Australia will be easy to involve local environment. They have speak a common language. So it is easy to give one’s opinion and receives feedback to others. But the Asian people like Japanese, Chinese and Korean who speak English as the second language, studying or working in western countries is a challenge.
Beyond language barriers, there exists an insurmountable artistic preference barrier. Our values, ideas and views of world is so different. (Bradley Kirkman, Vas TarasPiers Steel 2016). The culture gap happens when I sit together different cultures students. We behave differently towards the teacher both in class and after class. The way we think and talk is influenced by education culture. In Asian school, students focus on books and exercises, we normally uses exams to show a student’s ability. But in Western, students are willing to raise questions, they have freer education system. Both systems have pros and cons but form a cultural gap between people. Different ways of thinking and ability makes us view things very differently. Culture gap exist in my life. Although it is hard to living in a new culture environment. This is a good opportunity for me to seek and learn the new things from this society.
Dale L 2003, Culture as the Core: Perspectives on Culture in Second Language Learning, information age publishing, USA
Nabanita Dhar 2013, Top 10 Differences Between Eastern and Western Cultures, viewed 21 March 2017, < http://topyaps.com/top-10-differences-between-eastern-and-western-cultures >
Bradley Kirkman, Vas TarasPiers Steel 2016, Research: The Biggest Culture Gaps Are Within Countries, Not Between Them, viewed 21 March 2017, < https://hbr.org/2016/05/research-the-biggest-culture-gaps-are-within-countries-not-between-them>
Peoria magazines 2009, Bridging Cultural Gaps A Strategic Approach to Adaptation, viewed 21 March 2017, < http://www.peoriamagazines.com/ibi/2009/feb/bridging-cultural-gaps >