Cultural isolation is the term for a country or region that does not care to interact with, understand or empathize with cultures outside its borders. Americans have been accused of cultural isolation, because some Americans have not studied or learned languages other than American English and seem content to know very little about other countries.Continue Reading
Cultural isolation hinders relationships with foreign countries. Knowledge of foreign languages and foreign cultures is essential to successful international relationships and diplomacy. American leaders advocate for political and financial interests outside U.S. borders. The world is becoming a global neighborhood with the advent of the Internet and the widespread use of mobile devices. Still, the United States has a reputation for enjoying cultural isolation. Many Americans seem particularly reluctant to travel beyond the United States to explore other civilizations. A recent State Department study reported a shortage of foreign service officers who speak foreign languages. Cultural isolation is not bound by geography.
According to an article in "The New York Times," there is a general lack of interest by American leaders in foreign languages and the ways of the countries in which Americans are posted overseas. In an effort to improve this situation, Senator Fulbright initiated the Fulbright scholarships, which enable American students to travel around the world to experience other cultures.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Cultural assimilation is the most popular type of assimilation and an example of this is when a person immigrates to a country and adopts its customs. Color assimilation, biological assimilation and religious assimilation are other less common examples.Full Answer >
United States culture stems primarily from Western influence, including Europe, but different cultures in the United States include traditions and cultures of Native Americans, Latin Americans and Asians, as well as regional cultures throughout the country. For this reason, the United States has been long-described as a "melting pot" in which various cultures have given their own contributions to an eclectic American way of life.Full Answer >
A dominant culture is the prominent cultural group in an area that is not influenced by other cultures that may come to the country or region. In the United States, for example, cultures that immigrate to the country pick up the dominant American culture.Full Answer >
Traditional Chinese clothing varies widely depending on the region of the country and the time period it is from. However, many articles of clothing share some broad characteristics. Traditional Chinese clothing tends to be long, loose-fitting and layered, with robes being more common for both men and women than pants.Full Answer >