Cultural Intelligence in Action; Culture plays a very significant role in our lives as individuals. It is through culture that individuals are in a position to define themselves, and comfortably conform to different values and contributions in the society. Culture gives a definition of different norms that are shared by a group of individuals. The influence that culture has on individuals can be identified as being both tangible and intangible (Buchtel et al., 2018).
Most of the people’s attitudes and values are usually a direct result of the cultural environment that they come from. It is important to come to a realization of the fact that cultural environments go through an evolution, and the evolution process takes a long period of time. The patterns of living are as a result of culture.
In this paper we are going to look into the differences between the Indian and US cultures. Gaining an understanding of the difference between these two cultures will make it possible to comprehend how individuals who come from these two cultures are able to comply to different societal norms. The differences will make it easy to outline the cultural facts in existence between the two cultures.
The idea of “race” was born in the United States of America. “Race” was originally meant to refer to the differences that were in existence between the “Indians” and their conquerors, the Castilian. The idea of race through history originated from the European perspective (Quijano, Questioning Race (50). This was clearly shown in the practice and ideology of the Americans colonial domination.
The issue of race was consolidated and reinforced through the general expansion of the European colonialism. Modernity which was the main pattern of material, social and subjective experience really emphasized on the significance of character of the new global power.
Note that no two cultures can be categorized as being the same. In other words, the India and American culture can never be the same. There is a very big difference between the two of them. The American culture is a mixture of different cultures that are present in its environment. On the other hand, the Indian culture is very unique and made up of its own values that are strictly followed
One of the main differences between the American and Indian culture is in the family relations. Senior Indians are very family oriented individuals, whereas senior Americans are individual oriented people. The Indian culture gives prominence to different family values. They are respected by all the family members. Indians are very committed to their families. Americans tend to be committed to their own individual values and no one cares about the family values. The individual values play a significant role in the United States.
Most of the senior Indians can go to an extent of forsaking their own personal wishes, and happiness for the sake of the whole family. However, this trend can never be observed in the senior Americans (Nishi et al., 2017).
Most of the senior Indians are dependent on others whereas according to the American culture most of the individuals think about independence and self-reliance (Nishi et al., 2017).
Being from an Indian culture, I think I will defend my culture more by outlining its advantages. However, I can also appreciate the presence of the American culture and the significance that come with it. I love the Indian culture because we are taught to respect each and every individual. The elderly present in the community and neighbors are greeted and treated with high regards. Moreover, individuals in the Indian culture know how to solve differences and live-in harmony with each other.
Covid-19 has had an impact on different daily operations around the globe. It has had an effect not only on the economy of the country but on the individuals, who live in the given countries. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic is causing a lot of suffering and fear on the older individuals around the world. This is due to the fact that they are the most vulnerable population.
The virus has already taken hundred of thousands of individuals with a fatality rate of over 80 years old. As a result of this, there is need to make sure a protection strategy has been laid down to protect the older persons (Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center., 2020).
Most of the older Americans are living on their own but most of the older Indians are living with their relatives or families. This makes it easier for them to acquire the Covid-19 vaccine. In this class I will be helping the older Americans to understand how they can enroll online for the Covid-19 vaccine.
· Visit the Covid-19 vaccine website to see if you are eligible to get a vaccine. Make sure as an individual that you do prior registration.
· After confirming that you are eligible for the vaccine, you will go ahead into completing the form provided in the website. The form will require details such as your name, date of birth, age, email address or zip code. Note that the information filled will be kept private and confidential.
· After filling in for enrollment, you will receive a confirmation number within a period of 24-48 hours. A link will be provided to finish the registration process and successfully schedule for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine.
These are some of the significant steps that will help the older Americans enroll for the Covid-19 vaccine.
In coming up with relevant strategies, there is need to look into the diversity present within the category of older individuals. For instance, in the older generation there are more women compared to men. This replicates in the unpaid and paid healthcare professionals who look after them.
It has been difficult for elderly individuals to be vaccinated through the online enrollment. Most of them do not know how to access the online platform due to tech illiteracy. However, there are some of the older persons who are tech literate tech and have been in a position to schedule and gain access to the Covid-19 vaccine without any struggle (National Academies Press, 2020).
This challenge can be tackled by the government taking the initiative to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccines are available for the older population. This can be achieved through organizing for the local mobile camps which will be used in educating and administering the vaccine to the elderly. This means that they will not have to enroll for online scheduling. Bringing medicine to the elderly homes makes it easy to protect them and thus protect the most vulnerable population.
Vaccines should be made a priority especially for the vulnerable population. The elderly need to be protected because they have a positive impact on the society. Reaching out to the elderly physically rather than online will be one of the best strategies in ensuring that the vaccine reaches the desired population.
Most of the people’s attitudes and values are usually a direct result of the cultural environment that they come from. In the Indian community, respect is upheld to neighbors and elderly individuals. Culture has an impact on the way individuals behave and the way they treat each other. Through this pandemic, individuals have learnt to live and tolerate each other as a community in this hard time.
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