• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How the film "Outsourced" shows the effects of culture shock on an American in India.

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Outsourced is a film which helps create an intercultural experience for those want to approach another culture. As Bisoux (2009) says the film is realistic, documentary like portrayal provides viewers a rich window into a global environment such as: cross-culture conflict, shock and adjustment. A leading actor- Todd Anderson, is a Western Novelty?s executive vice president of marketing and order fulfillment, has experienced an interesting journey from cultural shock to adjustment when he contacts to a new culture of India. The difference between American and Indian cultures makes Todd fall down in culture shock. Culture shock is shown clearly in both mental and physical Todd?s symptoms from the first moment he sets his foot on India. There are many different definitions of culture shock such as ?sense of confusion, discomfort, disorientation, and uncertainty felt by those exposed to a different cultural environment?-(business dictionary). Culture shock exactly means the impact you may feel when you enter a culture very different from one to which you are accustomed. Culture shock includes five stages that people may experience. Firstly it is honeymoon period (excitement and fascination with the new culture). ...read more.


In one scene, he chastises his Indian employees, admonishing: ? Basically, you people need to learn about America?, ignoring the fact that the workers are native English speakers, albeit with a different accent. Another reason that leads Todd to serious manner is his personality. He seemingly thinks that Indian employees are crazy, they don?t know how to work. Therefore, he feels very angry and disappointed, worries that the rest of his life will be in India. If Todd had had time to prepare or take a culture training course, he would have accepted the new culture of India easier and got down the MPI faster. The final reason I think about is Todd?s his ?surrounding society?. To clarify ?surrounding society?, it is when falling down the deadlock, pessimism, and weary, Todd feels homesick and so he calls for his girlfriend. However, she falls in love with another man. Culture shock occurs in this period, and Todd falls down the case of ?a fish out of water? These show out how importance of learning to accept and adapt to the differences in different cultures. Being pushed in up and down, Todd himself begins making some initial transformation in term of adjustment to Indian culture. ...read more.


He is no longer very reluctant to going and accept Indian culture. Now, Todd?s characteristic and attitude are influenced by Indian culture. When he comes back America Todd called to his parents immediately. Todd has evaluated the family value as the most important thing to him. Also, he comes back with habits of drinking coffee with lots of sugar, with the cell phone?s tone that Ash sets for him. In conclusion, from Todd?s culture shock and adjustment, I can draw out the lesson for myself. When moving to another country, it?s important to accept the new culture and adjust to adapt with new culture, customs and habits. Besides, we should prepare and learn about new culture before enter that country. Furthermore, if we keep patience, make friend with the people around, it?s so useful for us to get knowledge from them. As said, when we are shocked, we should take a break and relax as ? draw-back-to-leap?, it helps us to adjust faster. Ethnocentrism is important for each person to praise their homeland?s pride, but we should keep it in an approciate level to get well in new culture. In short, we can learn a lot from people of other cultures as long as they are willing to open and adjust. . ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Analysis of "Mona Lisa Smile"

    However, Joan was very much in love with her adoring fianc´┐Ż (Tropher Grace), who had just been accepted to Harvard University. She wanted very much to pursue her education and dreams of becoming a lawyer, and she did follow through with the application to Yale however; upon a surprising acceptance

  2. What do you find interesting about R.K. Narayan's presentation of Indian society in the ...

    The talkative man is also poor, but there are not many similarities or comparisons that we can make with the other characters. The talkative man is very brave, and intelligent which we know by the way he fought with the tiger, thought it was a very dangerous and delicate situation.

  1. Gandhi's Impact on the Liberation of Indian Women.

    During Gandhi's political movements he attempted to boycott all British made goods and instead assert the need for Indians to make their own goods. Mahatma Gandhi was indeed a pragmatic thinker and he realized that women were the fifty percent of human resources and it was essential to use them in the struggle for independence.

  2. Ocean Ridge Golf and Country Club - target marketing

    But in my strategy it has not. Though these people are non-members; they will be put through a strict screening process before being allowed walk-on status. The target demographic for walk-ons remains pretty much the same with the difference that they may be from the social classes of B2-B3 or the mid level middle class to the lower level middle class.

  1. ‘Challenging the Patriarchal Ethos of Society Had Never Been the Agenda of the Indian State.’[Banerjee]. ...

    Their inferior status stands in the way of their survival.' [Mukhopadhay, 1985:25] Women in many societies experience powerful pressures to produce children, particularly sons. In certain cultures daughters are treated as an additional burden in the family resources. In spite of that the normal distribution of population that prevails in

  2. Discuss the portrayal of Indian society in this poem.

    very well educated because he spoke English and only the rich and high powered could afford to learn to speak English. This therefore supports the fact that Binu and her husband are from the Brahmin's caste. In the quotation 'Whoever heard of such a thing?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work