Post #3

I like where we are at right now as a country where we do accommodate some languages depending on the state and demographic. We should continue to use other languages in a minimal manner because english is the main language but we are the melting pot of the world so I feel it is only right to use other languages to a small extent. I do feel like english should be used in about 90% of what we do but for things like signs on roads or bathrooms we could use multiple languages to help foreigners out.  

My service learning has been going good so far I was able to help out with Because He First Loved Us over the weekend and it was a blast. I don’t want to share too much because I am going to have a whole other post of the things that we did with the refugees.

Bell Hooks

I had the opportunity to be in attendance when Bell Hooks came and spoke here at UVU. It was an interesting opportunity to say the least. She spoke a lot about white supremacy and feminism which I will share some quotes about. I wasn’t a huge fan of most of the things I heard while she was speaking but I did like how she wasn’t just speaking at the audience and it was more of a conversation.                 

Some of what I did not like was how she firmly believed that the more that women “rise” the more wars there are. Not sure where she got this info from but it seems like an opinion at best. Most of her dialogue revolved around white supremacy and had potential to be really offensive if I was the type to take offense. She was asked how she felt about animal cruelty and was immediately back to speaking about how we shouldn’t be focusing on animals when whites treat people of color so poorly. One of her statements was that “white people say that black people stink but kiss their dog after it licks its own shit.”

I was honestly not impressed at what I had heard and was quite surprised that she had people there that wanted to hear her speak. 

Post 2

 In this post I will be covering chapters 3 and 4 and videos that we watched in class. Both chapters were quite interesting, but Babakieuria was my favorite part. 

Chapter 3 talks a lot about competence in intercultural communication and how there are four different types. An example of one of the types Of competence in intercultural communication would be when I exhibit unconscious competence when around my girlfriend’s family. Her family is black and when I am around them I don’t try to use slang or change the way that I talk when I am with them. I just continue to treat them like they are equals to me. I did not realize this was unconscious competence  but when I am around her family and I see how other people try to treat them differently and try too hard to fit in that is when I realize that I am exhibiting unconscious competence.

Chapter 4 covered culture and how we each all come from a different culture. Here in Utah County there is a very strong culture of everyone being Mormon or assuming that everyone is a Mormon. It goes deeper than just peoples religion, even businesses are not open on SundayBecause of this culture.

Babakieuria was an interesting movie. At first I thought it was fairly outlandish but as I continued to watch I started to realize that these were things that actually occurred to the people of Australia. It was fairly sad to watch the family just go along with everything that the government was telling them to do. Even when their daughter was taken from them they didn’t even bat an eye and just let it happen as if they thought it was for the best. It made me sad because even though these things seem to be far-fetched they are actually things that are happening or have happened to people.

Hi, my name is…

Hi, my name is Thomas Salmon. I was born in Missouri but moved to Utah at 8 years old. I’m from a family of seven kids and I am the third. There are 5 boys and 2 girls so it seemed almost natural to want to compete at everything growing up. I love all sports especially basketball. I played junior college basketball in Oregon then transferred here to UVU where I am currently in my senior year. 


Diversity stuck out to me in this chapter. Growing up in Utah, I didn’t experience a whole lot of diversity. When I moved away to college in Oregon is when I really experienced the diversity. For the first time in my life I was part of the minority. Especially when it came to my basketball team, I had teammates from all over the U.S. and with all sorts of ethnicities. This is when I faced what I believed to be cultural generalizations as the book calls it. I experienced some directed towards me and also some that I had been under the impression of that I later learned were not true. But my team and I slowly broke down these generalizations and accepted each other as equals. 



For me, the chapter about masculinity and femininity really rang true. I grew up in a really old fashioned home where the men did the hard work and the women stayed in the kitchen. So for me that was the norm and anything outside that was backwards. So naturally growing up here in the U.S. there are many people always fighting for equality but to me I always thought men and women were equal they just played different roles. This chapter has opened my eyes that in other cultures this may be different as well as in my own culture. With this knowledge I believe it will help me to continue to understand the human race as a whole instead of just labeling somebody by their gender.