Cross cultural experience with Jezzica Amigo:
Today I spent about 4 hours with Jezzica learning about her life and the way she lives it. Her house was much more different than mine, she only has two brothers and one mom only; whereas, I have about two brothers, two cousins, aunt and uncle, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa all living with me. In her house, Jezzica’s mom is always on top of them to get stuff done, but they are pretty lazy and don’t do much. Also, her house is organized only in half the part, whereas mine is always kept neat.
This really showed me how other people live at our school. If I wouldn’t have gone over to her house and learned about her, I wouldn’t have known about how other people live. One thing I learned about her was that she is Christian, and I’m a Sikh. They are pretty much different religions and we practice much different things, like she goes to church and I go to the temple. A similar thing between our religions is that we both believe in god and we go to worship god mainly on Sundays. One of the things I learned that she can’t do being a Christian is that it isn’t accepted to be a gay/homosexual, although you can if you want, but it isn’t really suggested. If a Christian does something bad, they have to ask for forgiveness from the god. To Christians, God is like a father to them and they freely talk to him at their own will. Her religion isn’t much different than mine, but there are a lot of differences and it was a good experience for me to witness.
Jezzica is Filipino. The way Filipinos live life isn’t very different than the way I live my life, as a Punjabi. In the Philippines, it is important to ask a father’s permission in the hand of marriage. Also, it isn’t an over-night thing, it takes time for the father to approve and to like you. It is also key to show respect to your wife and protect her in any case. If you show harm to her, you would get arrested and the men from other houses would protect the wife. There are two different ranking for married men, one of them is if you are a white man and sort or plump, you are considered to be rich; if you are mostly dark and skinny, you are considered to be working class or poor.
The way Filipinos dress now is much more different than the way we would dress to a Punjabi cultural event or wedding, or even to the temple. On their wedding days, the men would wear barong Tagalog, which is a traditional Filipino costume for men. The woman would wear a custom-made white wedding gown with a veil that must cover their face; most of them are Catholic weddings. Also, you are not allowed to see your groom one day before the wedding, otherwise, it is considered bad luck.
Overall, my day with Jezzica was surprising because I didn’t really know this about her and I got to learn more about her and how she lives her life. I learned that our religions aren’t very different, our likes and dislikes are pretty much the same, and our personalities are very alike. In the end, I had learned a lot about her and found out she was very similar to me in many ways. It was a fun and interesting experience, and I am glad I did it.
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