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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

What's your culture? What culture do you identify with and why? Do other people identify you with that culture?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (17269points) April 8th, 2016

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SecondHandStoke's avatar

Post Hipster.

I guess it was a long a varied road before that though.

New Wave Scene.

Punk Scene, Thanks to my skate rat days.

Atlanta Queer/ Kink/ Crossdresser/ Club Kid Scene.

Performance Honda/ Import Scene. 4 ever.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Um, I identify best with down to earth, unpretentious people. I’m not sure that can be assigned to a culture, except those are the predominate types in a small farming community.

ragingloli's avatar

I do not identify with any “culture”. Only lemmings do that.

trolltoll's avatar

I am an American, and I guess that I would identify culturally as American.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What about the sub cultures within America, @trolltoll? Anyone you particularly identify with?
Oh! I get the next question! Thanks!

Brian1946's avatar

If we can be identified as a culture, I’d say progressive animal-rights advocates.

flutherother's avatar

I identify with the values of the Scottish Enlightenment and the importance of reason. I balance this with an interest in Chinese philosophy and poetry. I like Scottish and Irish music.

trolltoll's avatar

@Dutchess_III not really, honestly. But (most of) my beliefs, values and traditions are a result of being in the country that I live in, so I’m culturally “American” in that sense.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We once had a Suburban that was loaded with trimmers and chainsaws, and a trailer attached to it that was loaded with all kinds of mowers, riding and push mowers. We were moving our shop. We had parked it on the side of our new location to be unloaded after we finished some interior work. It got stolen right out from under our nose. We were just a few feet away, in the building. They took everything. They never found it.
A few weeks later I was talking with a Hispanic customer about it. He said that since Rick had left the keys in the truck it was just asking to be stolen. He didn’t blame the thieves at all. Not at all. He admired their luck.
I didn’t understand that at all.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

^ That’s very odd.

I mean, once one enters a country without the proper documentation or permits their propensity for committing illegal acts should just vanish instantly…

I am sorry for your loss.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What? Sorry, but that didn’t even make any sense. The customer I was speaking to didn’t steal the truck. We don’t know who did. The customer, who was a Mexican-American, not an illegal alien, said he figured it was Mexicans, but he didn’t say anything about illegal immigrants. I got the impression it was a cultural statement that we had it coming to us.

With that in mind, could you clarify your comment @SecondHandStoke?

Thanks for the condolences. It was a leveling blow. It was one blow after another those years. I honestly sometimes didn’t think I was going to make it through. One time we were at the lake, in the evening after we closed the shop. I wanted to start swimming across the lake, not caring if I made it to the other side. Seriously. It was that bad.

But it was a long time ago, so no worries.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

I did not misunderstand that the man you spoke to stole the truck.

My comment was tongue in cheek and obviously makes assumptions.

However, the fact that this man did not believe the thieves were to blame is deplorable.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes. That’s why I said I didn’t understand it. But he was speaking from a cultural POV. He said that’s how Mexican’s think, and he felt the same way. He completely understood.

zenvelo's avatar

Culturally, Northern Californian. I am pretty well in tune with the local zeitgeist.

cazzie's avatar

I have NO idea any more. I think I’m exactly a culture of one, or perhaps two, because my son is a definite reflection of me. I grew up in one place, left to live in a completely different country and culture when I was 19, lived there for 15 years, then moved to a completely different country and culture and have lived here now for 13 years. I am absolutely NOT part of the culture where I currently live, but were I moved to when I was 19 would be where I probably identify most with. What I usually write when people as me this is that, I’m American by birth, in Norway by stupid chance, but I’m a Kiwi in my heart.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^I feel the same way. I’m a product of all the cultures that I’ve lived among and find it increasingly difficult to relate strongly with the one I was raised in —as it has changed drastically since I first left it in 1982. I’ve taken the good and left the bad. I cherrypick freely. What works best for me, I assimilate into my life. Therefore, I strongly identify with none of them. A culture of one. Perfectly put, @cazzie.

dxs's avatar

I don’t like having identities associated with me. But here are some I guess I fall under:
-New Englander Why? Well, I’ve been here my whole life. I relate to these people most and understand them the most.
-Rhode Islander. Why? I was born here and lived here for a long time. I know about many local places and traditions.
-Italian-American. Why? I grew up with strong Italian influences and a pretty big Italian family. I grew up eating Italian food. I’ve never gotten sick of it and can’t seem to. I’m hopelessly devoted to pasta. I used to eat dinner with extended family on Sundays after church. I used to go to an Italian-speaking school. Too bad I forgot most of it, but sometimes it comes to me without even thinking.

Blackberry's avatar

I don’t really know. Everyone is so different in America although i guess i would say a typical lower middle class single person. I work, eat, socialize on days off and party.

Coloma's avatar

I do not identify with any american patriotism or political leanings at all. Infact I think our politics are a disgrace, but what else is new? haha
I too would say I am a culture of one. Influenced by the era and pre-era I grew up in yes, and I do indentify, to a degree, as a hippie-ish/ bohemian mostly liberal Northern CA. girl.

I’m very much in a league of my own.

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