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I had an experience of a cross-culture with a British man in Miri Miri in my own description would be a wonderful place to live in as it is a small town no traffic jams with beautiful beaches and lots more But what surprised me was that a British man a friend of my mum described Miri as What is this What is that It was his first time visiting Malaysia and to him it was rather a great shock When we brought him to the house his first impression was Are you guys living in jail What made him say that was because he was shocked to see grills attached to the windows and doors to my house And to add to his astonishment there were also walls around the house compound and a large gate at the entrance too As Schirato Yell 2000 p58 explains For example associated with institutions such as the law religion the education system and the family are discourses or ways of speaking which are characteristic of those institution and their practices It is obvious to me that the way he voiced out expressing what he felt was rather blunt to which shows how the westerns culture of open-minded people is As it is contrary in Malaysia as Malaysians feel that there are times when we should not be frank to avoid offending and misunderstanding people depending on the situation Upon entering our house my mother politely asked him to take off his shoes as it is one of our culture in my family to take off our shoes before entering the house He unbelievingly asked What but without much hesitation took off his shoes Schirato Yell 2000 p 42 explains that habitus can be understood as a set of values and dispositions gained from our cultural history that stay with us across contexts It can be considered a norm for my family members to take
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