Ja disa arsye pse Amerika ndryshon nga Shqiperia ( nje artikull nga” klajdi Balla” ) “Univeristy of New York Tirana “
American culture vs Albanian culture
Have you ever find yourself shocked in the middle of a foreign culture which has totally been very different from your culture .From all of things we are all grown up ,the place, the society ,different ways of looking things and mentality and also culture heritages ,we should accept one thing that is unique for each culture which is we are different and distinctive in culture formation.Every nation has its own history and tradition of building their culture perspective . That is called the diversity of cultures all around the world which actually changes from a country to another one. When it comes to American and Albanian culture there are lots of contrast based on informality behavior,challenging authority and materialism.
All Americans are well known for their informality behavior .They might surprise you when they will show “lack of respect” for example by not shaking your hands or not kiss you on cheeks when they go away or when they meet someone even a family member.They will also cut down conversations by saying to you just a “goodbye” or “see you”.Another point where informality is recognized as a different behaviour is when high level executives working in their offices in shirt sleeves and from time to time without ties.Americans also see “a friend” as just about anybody with whom they have friendly relations just like co-workers,classmates,friends of friends .They do not find any close friend or any close relations to anyone.you may find yourself very let down when your new American friend will show you that they do not want to consider you different from other friend,he will go out with you very rarely.From the other side Albanians are totally different .They are called a warm society .They are a well welcoming people ,as we like every tourist or foreign people and open our doors to offer them water and food .They will hug and even kiss a friend or family member every time they meet or leave them.Albanians are much more strict in their work ,or better emphasise the CEO managers whom are always wearing suit and ties in their everyday job habitual.Albanians also has a classification when it comes to their friends , they do not consider every type of friends as close friend.I consider that Albanians triumph at this peak or “informality” because this social behavior creates healthy social environment.
The basic step to guide yourself to accomplish or achieve some things which can be beneficial for you is to ask,to have a willingness to brake barriers ,to argue ,to converse in order to face the reality ,with some words to have a culture in challenging authority .In many different countries authority is not challenged but in America is.Americans are grown up with a different culture when it comes to challenging authority like to question, investigate ,evaluate,surf the internetor when they argue with mature people.It is very usual to hear that a student controverse his or her professor .The universities and high schools in America are a well built systems from where small children “fight “ by studying to be the “future leaders”. People in the United States always want to ask questions and always try to seek for new facts in a discussion.The plot of all of this is that they are always gathering informations and so on they want to develop and open their minds.In contrast Albanians are totally different based on challenging authority.They are taught and grow with the mentality to listen to every single word a father ,a professor or someone who is mature than them says, because they have no information to controverse their parents or someone else. Lack of investment in school infrastructure has restricted much more chances that the students can not be updated to what nowdays world can offer them as scholar.The Albanian children can not have access and be updated to everything because they can not afford a computer or be organized outside of school ,also the heritage mentality of their culture affect them .At this point America should be valued for this opportunity that gives their new generation and Albania need some investment and some focus from the government.
One thing that America is well known is for their materialism.High definition television ,expensive cars,digital gadgets useful in their homes are a necessity in America because high school students ,bank tellers,clerks ,and even janitors can find money to buy cars and take vacations.Another point is that one primarily cause of this never-ending materialism is promotion.Is all explained like the expression” keeping up with the jones” that mean that each neighbor invest on his own house by influenced on their fellow citizen . for example If his or her neighbor will install a new swimming pool in his or her home ,his or her neighbor will do the same .mostly the mass advertising through television has actually attached many Americans to keep up with .In America it can be very strangeful when you will see and meet people with sport utility vehicles while concering about the price of gasoline that it look even lower from others.Also the size of new American houses has doubled in the past fifty years ,this means that America is changing its cultural of materialism to another level.In contrast with Albania I see many controversies based on materialism.Albanians consider those things luxuries as discussed above things like,expensive cars,advanced technology gadgets etc .I see this point as a perspective of economic growth which in Albania is very low ,that affects life in terms of buying expensive things like cars.Albanians are restricted on those so called “ good material” .It is very rare to find a student that owns a car that has bought it with his money.Another point where I see that Albanians controvers is when we do not mind what our neighbor is building in his house ,we do not have those mentalities like “keeping up with jones” .Also the advertising process is affecting us but not at that mass like Americans that have achieved the extremity of coping and imitating the famous people behavior. Most of Albanian are poor from that point because they are not having the advertising access also the economy is actually very low .They are trying to get developed and keep up with the latest news but it will need time to make it more clear for all people.
In conclusion I consider all the facts and details talked above very useful in order to make a distinction about two types of cultures Albanian and American. In terms of informality behavior,challenging authority and materialism I have found a lot of controversies between two cultures.In informality behavior American are a kind of “disrespectful” with their “friends” whom they never treat like a friend compared with Albanians that are very warm as a nature and shows much peace in terms of society .I reflect something like this can harm our social interactions with people and can have negative impacts .when it comes to challenging authority American culture have a really good improvement at this point because our children is our future and a good education of them build our stability and development future.so the culture that is feeding the new generation by encouraging them to break the wall of their knowledge can be very productive in social life. Albanian based on challenging authority have no fault of thi ,but I believe that are victms of bad government politics .Based on materialism I found that most of Americans could afford to buy expensive things that for Albanian are luxuries also American have a lot o influences from advertising that make them to keep up with new things.Amercians spend much more than Albanians on “good material”. I evaluate Americans as an exaggeration on materialism which can lead to a society that always want to buy and spend a lot of money on things that can not be necessary . I suggest that a society that spend more money on valuable things can be a good progress society.With all of those controversies between two cultures I think that every single culture in the world has its unique and sometimes we can not change our culture heritage but we can avoid certain things today that we have the power as a humans.I accept as true those controversies and I think that is it is different cultures that make the world go round at the end of the day