Build Cultural Awareness with ‘Cultural Guides’

Merriam-Webster defines culture as the “customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.” On a more general level, it is also defined as “the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time.”

When we describe ourselves, we tend to go for the social rundown and select labels that speak to our race, ethnicity, religion and/or place of origin. Though these terms are helpful when trying to understand others, we must remember that these labels are actually descriptors for culture.

If we were to take a decent look at a slice of the cultures present in our society, we would soon see the myriad of nuanced communities that many of us move within on a daily basis:

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