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Culture is a unique meaning and information system shared by a group to meet basic needs of survival pursue happiness and well-being and derives meaning from life In my family we have many different cultures that come to our dinner table My father is Nigerian and my mother on the other hand is from Kazakhstan the former Soviet Union She and my father met while they were in college in the 60s and they have been inseparable ever since I have two older sisters and one older brother and they were all born and partially raised in Nigeria However I am the only child out of my parents four children that was born and raised in the United States of America In my house we share many cultural differences and because of that all of the different cultures that sit around my dinner table have influence my definition of cultureGrowing up my father would try to instill his Nigerian values onto me as he saw fit My oldest brother and sister had attended school in Nigeria all the way until their junior year in high school so they had a much more disciplined education that differed to the style of education my sister and I were receiving here in America My father did not like the education we were receiving in school and he feared the results that would arise from it He always would tell my sister and me that we are too American in comparison to our older two siblings My sister and I were not raised under the same values and beliefs as the older two and we did not understand lifestyles outside of America as they did In their eyes we were spoiled because we were allowed to make choices for ourselvesMy mother adopted my fathers culture in efforts to raise all of us as a typical Nigerian family She moved to Nigeria and learned a lot of the culture first
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