Publication Date

1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Jan Gaston

Abstract

This is a cultural project, a personal journey through a five and a half year period of my life, a period when I lived in the East, primarily in Nepal and Japan. In this project I discuss the history and cultures of these two countries, particularly that of Nepal, including some of the customs and traditions, values and belief systems. I further discuss the influence that living in these cultures had on my life and my world view. To facilitate the organization of the paper, I have chosen to use a model proposed by Theodore Gochenour and Anne Janeway, "Seven Concepts in Cross-Cultural Interaction." In the "Seven Concepts" the authors take the individual through seven steps of involvement with another culture.

These steps are intended as a progression in time, as well as in the process itself, In using this model, my intention is to show how I evolved through the experience.

In addition to discussing my personal involvement with these cultures, I also discuss from a more general perspective, the concepts of 'culture shock', 'bonding' and 'multi­ cultural man', as well as a more general concept of what living in another culture can mean in terms of personal growth and evolvement.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Methods