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The American Culture(At a Glance)
By Cathy Chang

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Starting Question
Do we have a Taiwanese culture that is unique and different from other countries/cultures?
What is your impression of America?
What do you know about the American culture?

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United States
Known as the “melting pot”
Academics = “salad bowl” (cultural diversity)
Immigrations = Ireland, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Western Africa
Four races = Native American or American Indian, African American, Asian and White

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Stars = the 50 States
Stripes = the 13 colonies

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Interesting State Facts
Nevada = Only State that has legalized prostitution
Brothels are heavily regulated
Utah = has the largest population of Mormons
Main church = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Hawaii = used to be it’s own country as a monarchy
Texas = used to be part of Mexico
Massachusetts = the only States that
legalizes same-sex marriage
Washington D.C. = the countries capital
Not a State but a district
Mostly African Americans live there

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New York City
The Statue of Liberty
Given by France after the American Revolution
Represents freedom and democracy
Torch: symbol of enlightenment
Crown (25 windows): symbolizes gemstones and heaven’s rays shining over the world
Crown spikes (7): seven seas and continents
Tablet: a book of law
Broken chains: freedom as movement forward against oppression and servitude

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Personal Spaces
Intimate distance: about 18 inches (45.7 cm) apart
For family, pets and very close friends
Personal distance: about 4 to 5 feet (1.2 - 1.5 meters)
For friends and acquaintances
Handshakes with strangers = at least 2 to 4 feet apart
Social distance: about 4 to 12 feet (1.2 - 3.7 meters)
For formal, business and other impersonal interactions such as meeting a client
Public Space: more than 12 feet (3.7 meters)

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The American Dream
Land of opportunity
(1) individual freedom of choice in life styles
(2) equal access to economic abundance
(3) the pursuit of shared objectives mutually advantageous to the individual and society

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September 11, 2001
Do you remember what you were doing at this time?
What was your first reaction when you heard about the news?
What is your attitude now towards the United States?

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A Glance 一瞥
Academics 學術
Diversity 多樣性
Immigration 移民
Race 種族
Colony 殖民地
Legalize 合法的
Brothel 妓院
Regulate 管制
Population 人口
Mormon 摩門教徒
Monarchy 君主國
District 行政區Revolution 革命
Represent 象徵
Enlightenment 啟蒙 開明
Gemstone 寶石
Rays 日光
Continent 大陸 陸地
Tablet 刻寫板
Chain 鎖鍊
Movement 動向
Oppression 壓制
Servitude 奴役 束縛
Impersonal 非個人的 客觀的
Abundance 豐富 充足
Objective 目標
Mutually 互相 彼此
Advantageous 有利的 有益的

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