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The Classroom of America The adaptation of the American way of life is melded and molded with the original culture and generates a more unique culture People need to absorb cultures when they observe from each other They need to blend with others and adopt what the existing culture offers In my opinion adaptation is crucial to becoming an American The first time that I entered an American classroom the range of the students amazed me I realized that the students were from many different cultural and ethnical backgrounds Wherever I turned the students displayed diversity in behavior in speech and appearance Coming to the United States for the first time my mind had been pre-programmed when I was still in my own country China The idea of how to fit in and be accepted by the students quickly come into my mind especially since I would be studying with them for the whole semester I was introduced for the first time to real Americans a Hispanic a Caucasian and an African American While I was talking with them I became so excited telling them stories about my country I also told them my first impressions of San Francisco At one point I mentioned to them that a lot of American tourists visiting or residing in China since I have no idea Color was such a big issue to most Americans I started using the color of the skin white black brown or yellow to define people I noticed a change in the facial expression of one of the conversant when I mentioned yellow and Black Americans I was inexperienced I did not know that there are some terms I cannot use even sensitively I suddenly realized that I am now in America where people have a different culture and cultural values As the year progressed I became accustomed to entering the classroom listening to the classmates morning conversations Spanish slang and even
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