What is American culture? American culture can be defined by many different people in many different ways. The internet defines culture as beliefs, behaviors, and objects that are commonly correlated with members of a group or society(Cliffnotes 1). American culture heavily relates to American values in the fact that values are a part of everyone’s culture; within each culture, there is a set value or values relating to that culture. Many different cultures value many different things based on religion, social standards, etc.
People all over America have different viewpoints and ideas about American values, beliefs, culture, and beliefs. On LiveScience, Zimmerman allows the reader to view American culture through a whole different lens than they originally viewed it. She describes America as a “melting pot” (Zimmerman 6) for cultures from all over the world; I found this interesting because there is not one designated culture in the U.S. there are many, and they coexist with one another and that is what makes America so special.
Many people have different opinions on what they value. Some common values in America are independence, equality, informality, and directness(International Student 2-5); when speaking of these “common values”, there are many ways you can define these terms in a way that best fits yourself. Although many people have a different religion, culture, heritage, race, etc. then one another we have started to learn to set aside those differences and coexist with one another because on the inside we’re not so different.
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“United States of America (USA) – Culture, Society and Religion.” Expat Focus, www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-usa-population-values.
Zimmerman, Kim. “American Culture: Traditions and Customs of the United States.” Live Science, Live Science, 13 July 2017, 10:05 pm, www.livescience.com/28945-American-culture.html.