“Cultural awareness” seems to be a buzzword these days. The problem is not “awareness” but “unawareness.” In this talk, first, we define “culture” and then look at an example of cultural difference, specifically the US vs. Japan, then more generally compare “wholistic” and “individualistic” culture. Lastly, we will see how language influences our thought processes.
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It was supposed to be a melting pot, but when Kuma Takamura
came to the U.S. from Japan in the '80s, what he found was "Chunky Stew." Kuma, as a biologist, an electrical engineer, and an educator, worked in many areas including private sector and higher education system. Everywhere he went he strongly felt diversity was a strength but "we were not tapping into it." Humans are inquisitive and curious beings. Difference triggers fear, but he hopes, with our effort, the curiosity/inquisitiveness will eventually take over and people will start learning each others' differences and start recognizing the power of diversity! Kuma joined the Greater Mankato Diversity staff as the education director in the summer of 2011.