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My Korean culture is definitely a paradigm that opens my mind to many perspectives, including ones that highly contrast traditional American values or beliefs.

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12652 I know that my heritage gives me advantages in my life. My Korean culture allows me to look at life with different views from the American views, and my ability to speak another language fluently not only allows me to communicate with people who aren't fluent in English but also defines a part of who I am. My pride in my Korean heritage and culture allows me to investigate the values and traditions of the Korean culture; those that I find fitting for me, I keep them and cherish them. From investigating my heritage, I have also found some of the things I enjoy most in life, including Korean music and entertainment. Not everything that comes from my heritage is advantageous to me, but many things are certainly significant and make my life unique and interesting. Everybody has his/her own unique set of paradigms, so often times it is difficult for people to come to a consensus with a certain topic. However, what is important is that we at least listen to other people's paradigms, even if we may disagree with them or not understand them. ...read more.

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I know that it is advantageous to be able to speak another language because I have experienced those advantages. I am able to communicate/translate in another language and this ability also allows me to communicate with my Korean family and relatives, from whom I learn about my culture and gain some of my values and beliefs. With the Pragmatic Theory of Truth, my knowledge claim is true because it is useful and it is verified through experience. With the Coherence Theory of Truth, my knowledge claim is true because it is consistent with other established truths that are accepted as true. I say that my culture is advantageous to me. It is accepted as true that having multiple paradigms, interests and hobbies, knowledge of other cultures, and personal values and beliefs is advantageous to a person. Although I believe that my knowledge claim is true, there are limitations to my justifications. The biggest limitation is that my knowledge claim is based wholly on perception, subjective experiences, rather than objective reality. With the Correspondence Theory of Truth, which states that a concept is true if it matches the objective reality it describes, my knowledge claim does not really have an actual reality. ...read more.

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Speaking of the word "advantageous," I now come to wonder what I meant when I claimed that "I know that my heritage gives me advantages in life." What things are advantageous? How does something get labeled as advantageous? Is the fact that something brings joy to one's life make that something advantageous? What is advantageous? How can something be labeled as advantageous if it is sometimes disadvantageous as well? After exploring my knowledge claim and its justifications, I have come to the conclusion that my knowledge claim is not very strong and that there are many limitations to it. I am less certain of my knowledge claim; In fact, this exploration has merely led me to ask questions. What I can say for now is that it is true that my heritage has brought me joy in my past life, and that at this very moment I can say that I am glad that my Korean culture has made some positive impacts on my life. However, I cannot label my heritage as advantageous to my life: it would be contradicting because I have sometimes felt the negative impacts of my heritage. Also, I cannot foretell the future; therefore I can only say that my heritage has been advantageous many times in my past life. ...read more.

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