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October 26, 2008

Culture

In my opinion, culture is a multilingual dictionary. Just as one can look up all kinds of words in the multilingual dictionary, people can gain an overview of different countries in the world through their different culture.

I used to think that the key concept of culture lies in the difference, because each country has its own culture. However, since I started to study the British Culture this year, my understanding of the concept of culture has changed. I have recognized that although Britain owns her special culture, she also experienced many similar changes in economy, politics, education and society, as China did. For example, in politics, both Britain and China underwent the period of different parties' domination. While it is an instance, I think it reflects that different countries have cultural connections to some degree. Therefore, since I studied culture this year, I have noticed that different countries can have cultural connections, just as the definition written on the wikipedia website, ¡¡ãCulture can be defined as all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture) And I hold that this definition describes the general concept of culture of all countries in the world. Thus, now I support the idea that different countries can still have cultural connections. As I mentioned at the beginning, culture is like a multilingual dictionary, while there are many kinds of definitions in different languages, they describe the same word. So, in many situations, culture may not focus on differences, it may put more emphasis on similarities.


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