I found chapter 3 to be especially interesting due to the sections on unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. I’ve realized that at different times in my life and around different people, I have been in each of these categories. I have family that is Samoan and since I have grown up with being around them so much, I have learned some of their cultural actions and behaviors and I no longer have to think about those things when I am around them as to behave appropriately. I am comfortable around the culture and, within my extended family and their own, unique version of the Samoan culture, I would consider myself to be unconsciously competent. Even within the sphere of my Samoan family, I have met some of their extended family and I have caught myself having to think about how to act or how their actions differ from that of my family. Aside from that, I am always afraid of offending someone with a different culture from myself, so in my day-to-day interactions, I am more conscious of my actions and my words.
Coming from Southern California to Utah was a huge change in culture. Chapter 4 talks a lot about the depth of culture and diversities in different cultures. Back home, I was always known as the Mormon girl; I even had teachers in high school that would simply refer to me as “Mormon” or as “our Mormon girl”. Coming to Utah, I instantly lost that title because it is so common to be of the LDS faith. This chapter helped me to realize and opened my eyes to the fact that even within one country, there is so much diversity and so many different cultures. Each culture has their own symbols and their own meaning assigned to different words that may have a different meaning in a different culture.
I found the Babakieuria video to be quite shocking. Have the roles of the races reversed had a huge part on the size of the impact that it made. The video seemed so ridiculous and the obliviousness of the reporter was so maddening as it was obvious how unfair the treatment was and how obviously unhappy the family was that she was staying with, yet this was the point that the producers were trying to make. Knowing that these events actually happened really struck a cord with me as it caused me to take a step and think about what actions are happening today that I view as being acceptable that in reality, really aren’t. The sentence, “it’s our job to decide what they want” was uttered in the video, and I think that sentence is what best describes the entire attitude of the video. It is only the individual themselves that can decide that they want and that freedom needs to be allowed.