AXIA / WIU
Introduction to World Cultures
And Social Environments INS 301
Cultural Identity Interview and Analysis
Cultural identity is the identity of a group relating to a particular culture or civilization, or of how a person is subjective by her/his belonging to a group or culture. This report will describe my interviewee's firsthand experiences, as they relate to intercultural communication and cultural identity.
Ronald Tilley was born on February 20, 1983, in Ontario, Canada. He currently lives in Erie County, Buffalo, NY. He lives in a predominately African-American neighborhood and says he identifies more with African-American culture. He is a bi-racial, His mother is African-Canadian, and his father is an Italian-American. Ronald has one daughter who lives in Canada with her mother, whom he visits regularly. Ronald is an assistant Chef, and has been living here in the United States for a little over 1 year.
When Ronald was asked, "Being Bi-Racial, what culture do you identify more with? He answered, "I was raised by my mother (African-Canadian), and I was very young when my father passed away. I don't really know his side of the family too well, so yeah, I can say I identify more with my African heritage. I never had any relations with my Italian heritage, my mother never made me feel I was different. I always raised as being black.
I believe common individuality and thoughts may be clear indicators of a shared cultural identity but in essence, it is determined by difference. Such as, if we feel we fit into a group, if a group classifies itself as a group, by noticing and highlighting differences with other groups and cultures or if their culture defines itself in relation, or conflict to...