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One can become acculturated to the value belief norms or even culturethat they were not born into because culture is learned I was born andraised in Indonesia until I was 17 years old I considered myself as aSoutheast Asian woman who is a mix of a dominant ethnic group andco-culture ethnic group in Indonesia Javanese and Sundanese and grewup as a Muslim There are many aspects of life that my family has taughtme I was taught to embrace a family b history of culturalbackground c religion d group thinkingcollectivism e uncertaintyavoidance f power distance g high context orientation h activityorientation and i time orientation These aspects of life are the mostimportant elements of my culture However these characteristics areslightly changed since I migrated to the United States and experiencedlife throughout young adulthood The changes I encountered haveinfluenced who I am today as an individual and have also changed mybelief point of view and values of lifeFamilyI have been taught that financially I can always depend on my extendedfamily in any conditions and that they are always there for you nomatter where you are and no matter what conditions you are in Thismeans that I should never be ashamed asking for help from a familymember and must follow their advice at any given time Thus I alwaysthink of my family whenever I do things I always think that my maingoal is to make my parents grandparents aunts uncle and cousinshappy This characteristic is conflicting with the US culture where anuclear family style is observed The nuclear family has less emphasison obedience and the ability to explore something new without thinkingof other family members embrace These two conflicting ideology haveshaped my decision-making Besides thinking about family members thefirst thing I would do is to think about myself This action gives memore opportunity to explore what makes me happy and avoid focusing onwhat makes others happy History of cultural background Indonesian That is what I said when someone
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