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One can become acculturated to the value belief norms or evenculture that they were not born into because culture is learned I was bornand raised in Indonesia until I was 17 years old I considered myself as aSoutheast Asian woman who is a mix of a dominant ethnic group and co-culture ethnic group in Indonesia Javanese and Sundanese and grew up as aMuslim There are many aspects of life that my family has taught me I wastaught to embrace a family b history of cultural background creligion d group thinkingcollectivism e uncertainty avoidance fpower distance g high context orientation h activity orientation andi time orientation These aspects of life are the most important elementsof my culture However these characteristics are slightly changed since Imigrated to the United States and experienced life throughout youngadulthood The changes I encountered have influenced who I am today as anindividual and have also changed my belief point of view and values oflifea Family I have been taught that financially I can always depend on my extendedfamily in any conditions and that they are always there for you no matterwhere you are and no matter what conditions you are in This means that Ishould never be ashamed asking for help from a family member and mustfollow their advice at any given time Thus I always think of my familywhenever I do things I always think that my main goal is to make myparents grandparents aunts uncle and cousins happy This characteristicis conflicting with the US culture where a nuclear family style isobserved The nuclear family has less emphasis on obedience and theability to explore something new without thinking of other family membersembrace These two conflicting ideology have shaped my decision-makingBesides thinking about family members the first thing I would do is tothink about myself This action gives me more opportunity to explore whatmakes me happy and avoid focusing on what makes others happyb History
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