Through-out the globe people of different races, genders, beliefs all practice different things in different ways. Some ways are opposite or very different from American culture. Everywhere you go, ideas and values are different from what you’ve grown up with and experienced. For example, weddings around the world are one of the most diverse practices there is. In America, brides throw their bouquet at their female guests. According to brides.com, In Germany, guest throw porcelain dishes on the ground. The groom and bride have to clean it up to ward off evil spirits. It doesn’t stop there. Everyday practices are always performed differently throughout the world.
In the U.S. we do things differently than a lot of other cultures. For instance, tipping in the U.S. is a form of gratitude and the reverse is a sign of anger or bad service. For good service, Americans are expected to pay 15-20% of the bill. According to, time.com, tipping in the U.S. came from a post-civil war idea keep slavery. In other cultures tipping causes contradiction. For example, in China tipping is considered bragging to the waiter or waitress and they take it to an offense. Also, it encourages people to treat tourists with more respect than locals because they know that they might receive a better tip than a local who knows that it’s rude to tip. That’s just one way that America does things differently than other places around the globe.
Another example of what we do differently is we also pay people a lot differently in the U.S. For example, a starting teacher's salary is 35,000 in North Carolina. In places like Japan, the demand to be a doctor is just as much more as trying to become a doctor. In the states it is considered rude or obnoxious to eat loudly in public but, theculturetrip.com states that in a lot of other cultures, that eating loudly or slurping your food is a sign of true enjoyment of your meal. The average American points with the index finger; that is what everyone is accustomed to. In other South Asian countries like Malaysia, pointing with your thumb in the default gesture. That’s not all. From the beginning of human existence, people have always practiced things in different ways. We should celebrate and embrace our differences around the globe.
Story by Liv Suydam