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

What influences and challenges our ways of expressing differences between ourselves and others?

Extracts from this document...


What influences and challenges our ways of expressing differences between ourselves and others? In Exotic, or "What Beach Do You Hang Out On?" Tara Masih is struggling with what it means to be called "exotic". She is a woman of multi-racial lineage. In the world today it is very hard to be accepted by society if you are a person of mixed-race. I think that is what Masih is trying to represent in this passage. The essay gives four different meanings of the word exotic, all coming from Webster's Ninth Collegiate. The first being, Introduced from another country: not native to the place where found. ...read more.


The third definition is stated as, strikingly or excitingly different or unusual. Tara Masih talks about different cultures concepts on beauty. "In the States it is considered an asset to be tan, though the tan shouldn't be natural. It should be achieved through leisurely hours of sunning on tropical beaches or through the assistance of artificial means." How true that statement is. I know several people who go tanning at least once every other day. They live to tan. They love being tanner than other people. Last but not least, the final meaning of the word exotic is, of or relating to striptease. This meaning gives sexual connotations to foreign-looking woman. ...read more.


The third definition also illustrates how the unfamiliar can be frightening even though it's exciting. Finally, in the last definition she describes Visions of Salome. She does this to express the fear of what is deferent, or in this case, the fear of woman. I believe the four definitions listed above have a lot to do with why some people of foreign decent abandon the manifestations of their heritage. I think many of the reasons lie within the second definition about alienation. I feel that people will do just about anything to fit in. People don't like to be different especially in the United States. This country is a trendy one where fashions are set and followed by just about everyone. Nobody likes to be an outcast. This is why many people of foreign decent abandon their ways of life. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Anthropology 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 University Degree Anthropology essays

  1. Mulitple Ways of Knowing thePast

    Thus, pagans were outraged by the sudden deprivation of their right to observe a vital aspect of their religion while archaeologists seized every opportunity to make use of it (Powell, 2003). Although every British citizen must be granted their right to practice religion, archaeologists were adamant about keeping them off the grounds that pagans considered holy.

  2. Explore different ways in which theorists of literature have explored the nature of the ...

    is more important than that would be the understanding of what 'art' reveals to us. Pater pursues the subject of the definition of beauty, and stresses his point that finding a definition is not essential. Moreover he says that not even arriving at a correct abstract definition of the term is important.

  1. Indian Americans: A Look at Their History, Culture, and Influences

    Due to these reforms, there has been a tremendous explosion in the Indian immigrant population since 1965. It is estimated that there are around 1.7 million Indian Americans in North America today. This is roughly .6 percent of the entire U.S.

  2. Discuss the 'four elements' of hip hop. In what ways can they be said ...

    These symbols again reflect the hip hop cultures infatuation with violence and independence showing how Deejaying unintentionally constituted epistemological meaning and characteristic that are relevant to this culture. The turntable gave Hip hoppers a "simple tool to make their art and they made their own decisions about made it good" (Byi: 1998, p.26).

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