This article should more appropriately be titled: "What missionaries can
learn by being immersed in another culture." I agree, beneficial. It
cannot ever compare, however, to the cultural richness brought about by the
in-migration of those from somewhere else. While we may look good
compared to some cities and towns in the middle of our nation, it is a poor
substitute for actual diversity.
If Utah is the most cosmopolitan state in the Union, then the rest of country
can learn from the Beehive state. But if Utah feels it has nothing to learn from
the rest of the country, that indicates a recalcitrant provincial mentality.
I served a mission in Argentina in the last century. While my purpose was to
teach the gospel, this could not have been done without learning the culture,
including a knowledge of their language, food, music, and economic conditions.
My companions and I lived in middle class neighbors. Our landlords were
Argentine as were our neighbors, the shop owners, barbers, bakers, etc. Our
leads were to all demographic and socioeconomic groups. In my experience, that
is more cultural immersion than experienced by other Americans living in another
country for two years.
Went to Japan on my mission, worked in Japanese related fields for 15 years. I
would say my experiences greatly enhanced my awareness and my job prospects.
Cavetroll's comments notwithstanding. I guess any time someone with an ax
grind gets an opportunity, he will grind.
I live ini Sauid Arabia. The thing I learned from Utah, from people like
Cavetroll, is that people living outside of a culture should be really careful
about interpreting a culture over a cultural fence. I saw a lot of cases of
people who had a little knowledge who reached bizarre and often conflicting
ThornBird,Thanks for reminding us of the low cultural awareness that
is found in some places. That's not Utah's fault.
I can see learning a second even a third language to some degree but I do not
agree with people who only speak english being denied jobs they are qualified
for because they don't speak spanish. Recently I received an email about a
job and almost had an interview. I pointed out that the ad did state that the
employee would have to speak spanish which I don't. Needless to say no job
for me but it probably went to someone who only speaks spanish and no english.
We live in the US of A. My ancestors were English, Swedish, German, Scotish, and
those who needed to did learn english so that they would be more at home. Keep
your language and customs but learn english also. BTW I plan to learn either
french or german.
what other states?? How about the United - Sates? Model the Churches welfare
system for the country. Model the Churches tithing system for a flat tax
nationally. Model the Churches moral model and watch the Mt Everest pile of
social problems be reduced to a foot hill.
Ironic that the author/blogger Eyres just posted an article the other day about
how they felt moving away from Utah (to D.C.) would be beneficial to their kids
because Utah wasn't "diverse" enough.
Hello, where do you come from?Utah, in the United States of America.How many wives do you have?
airnaut"What"?Well, the article says language
skills and international relations skills. Did you comment and not read the
article? If you had read the article, the answer to your question was right
there. Pretty simple really.
cavetroll,They might not be there for those purposes, but they get
it (at least I did). It has served me well. I have seen the third world up
close and personal. I have lived under a dictatorship (and yes, my citizenship
helped protect me). I learned to appreciate another culture and to see the US
(at least a bit) through different eyes.
troll - and yet isn't it great that missionaries obtain international
experience and get immersed in another culture while doing missionary workWin win!
Utah's experience with other countries, cultures, or languages isn't
about "cultural immersion", nor does it lead to a "wealth of
international experience." It is solely about propagating a certain
religious viewpoint and attempting to convert people to their view. Most Utahans who are currently in other countries aren't there for the
"cultural immersion" or "international experience."
What?That we are a "peculiar" people, perhaps?