Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mesfer Alwadai

I get many benefits from speech class that discuss the American culture such as the US holidays, laws, communication styles, families, and education style.
The US has many religious and culture holidays such as Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. For example, Christmas is a religious holiday. It is a holiday observed mostly on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Christens celebrate during this holidays and give their children gifts. Another most important holiday is the Independence Day, commonly known as of the fourth July, is the national day of the United States. It is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. It is commonly associated with fireworks, picnics, concerts, family reunions, political speeches. Another holiday is Labor Day which is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. Also, the first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1878, in Boston, by the Central Labor Union of New York. Another one is, Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31. The common Halloween activities include treating, wearing costumes , visiting haunted houses, and watching horror movies. Another holiday is Thanksgiving Day which is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States . Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. People always meet their families and eat the Turkey, which is the famous meal in this holiday.
The most interesting thing about the US laws is that each state has different laws because states are considered like countries. Also, nationals pay different taxes and how much they pay which depend on the state loans from the governments. Moreover, each one has special staff that controls it such as mayor.
Another topic is the American communication styles. They are very different from other cultures. For example, in the American communication styles, people must keep specific distance and a man can shake hands with a woman. Also, they always focus on the main ideas and some important details that help them to understand the others. Also, they depend on facts and support them by much evidence.
Another topic is the types of families. The US, as other more develop countries, has many types of family such as nuclear family, single parent family, extended family, and childless family. The nuclear consists of a mother and father. It is the most common in the US because it can be a nurturing environment to raise children if there is love, devoted time to children, emotional support, low stress, and stable economic environment. In nuclear families, both parents are the biological or adoptive parents of their children. Moreover, there are three types of married nuclear families depending on employment status of the woman and man, for example, the husband works outside home while his wife works inside the home caring for the children. Also, in the second type of married nuclear family, wife works outside home and her husband cares for the children. Moreover, the third kind of married nuclear family, both wife and husband work outside the home or are income providers. In some situations, the woman might have a home-based business, such as a day care center. However, in Saudi Arabia, extended family is the most common .It may include parents, children, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Also, I told my American partners who tend to be extended families and they think it is very useful for many reasons. It helps raise children, supports for an ill relative, or helps with financial problems. Sometimes children are cared by their grandparents when their biological parents died or no longer can take care of them. Many grandparents take some primary responsibility for child care, particularly when both parents work.
Another topic is the difference between the US and Saudi Arabia in the education system. The education system in the US is more different from that in Saudi education system for many reasons. The education system in US cares for many things such as students, teachers, environment, technology, knowledge, and experience. Also, parents, students, community members, governments always evaluate it. Moreover, it focuses on the information that related to the student lives. In addition, the most important thing is that every school is provided with many recreation facilities such as gams, playgrounds, and trips. However, the Saudi education system depends on the knowledge as the primary way to evaluate students without any relation to their lives. In conclusion, the Culture Media provides me good information about American culture.