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Americans have their own customs and way of doing things. It can be confusing for newcomers. This information about American society and cultural differences will help you understand US culture.

Americans have their own customs and way of doing things. It can be confusing for newcomers. This information about American society and cultural differences will help you understand US culture.

american culture - two women from different cultures

american culture - two women from different cultures

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History

The United States was once a colony of Britain. It became a free country in 1776 after the American Revolution. Another big conflict came in the Civil War, during the 1860s. Americans in the Civil War fought about rights, including the right to own slaves who were brought from Africa. The slaves were freed, and the laws were changed.

The United States was once a colony of Britain. It became a free country in 1776 after the American Revolution. Another big conflict came in the Civil War, during the 1860s. Americans in the Civil War fought about rights, including the right to own slaves who were brought from Africa. The slaves were freed, and the laws were changed.

Another important thing to know about American history and cultural differences is that Americans come from many backgrounds. Only Native Americans (also called Indians) have ancestors from America. All other Americans have ancestors who came from other continents. Many of them came as refugees.

Another important thing to know about American history and cultural differences is that Americans come from many backgrounds. Only Native Americans (also called Indians) have ancestors from America. All other Americans have ancestors who came from other continents. Many of them came as refugees.

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Race

Because of this history, racial issues are important in American culture. The law says people are all the same. But one of the important cultural differences in the USA is that Americans divide themselves by race. African Americans do not always get the same opportunities as whites. Many non-white Americans are poorer than white Americans.

Because of this history, racial issues are important in American culture. The law says people are all the same. But one of the important cultural differences in the USA is that Americans divide themselves by race. African Americans do not always get the same opportunities as whites. Many non-white Americans are poorer than white Americans.

Beliefs

Beliefs

Americans are very proud of their country. American culture and society is founded on freedom, equal rights and democracy. Americans value the idea of free speech. This means they are allowed to say what they like about the president. They protest when the government does things they do not like.

Americans are very proud of their country. American culture and society is founded on freedom, equal rights and democracy. Americans value the idea of free speech. This means they are allowed to say what they like about the president. They protest when the government does things they do not like.

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Religion

The law says the government must not follow any religion and people have a right to their religious and cultural differences. But most Americans celebrate Christian holidays. Hais txog 80% of Americans say they are Christian, although fewer than 40% go to church. Zoo li Islam, Christianity li nram no ib tug Vajtswv. It tells followers to be kind to their neighbors and to treat others with respect.

The law says the government must not follow any religion and people have a right to their religious and cultural differences. But most Americans celebrate Christian holidays. About 80% of Americans say they are Christian, although fewer than 40% go to church. Like Islam, Christianity follows one God. It tells followers to be kind to their neighbors and to treat others with respect.

Yog hais tias koj ib tug practicing Muslim, koj tham tau nrog koj ua hauj lwm txog koj txoj kev ntseeg thiab nug rau ib qho chaw mus thov Vajtswv thaum lub sij hawm hnub. Many schools will also provide a space for students to pray.

If you a practicing Muslim, you can talk to your employer about your faith and ask for a place to pray during the day. Many schools will also provide a space for students to pray.

Holidays and celebrations

Holidays and celebrations

People celebrate holidays by getting together with their families and by eating large meals. The biggest holidays are Christmas (Hlis ntuj nqeg 25) and Independence Day (Lub Xya hli ntuj 4). Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks and barbecues. Tshiab Xyoo Eve (Hlis ntuj nqeg 31) is another big celebration. People stay up late and count down the time until the clock strikes midnight. Halloween (Lub kaum hli ntuj 31) is celebrated as a day to dress up in funny clothes and have fun.

People celebrate holidays by getting together with their families and by eating large meals. The biggest holidays are Christmas (December 25) and Independence Day (July 4). Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks and barbecues. New Year’s Eve (December 31) is another big celebration. People stay up late and count down the time until the clock strikes midnight. Halloween (October 31) is celebrated as a day to dress up in funny clothes and have fun.

Birthdays are very important. Americans celebrate with gifts, cake and parties. Cov tsev neeg uas muaj cov me nyuam yaus yuav feem ntau muaj ob tog thiab caw cov neeg nyob ze, kawm ntawv ua ke thiab cov phooj ywg mus noj peb caug birthdays.

Birthdays are very important. Americans celebrate with gifts, cake and parties. Families with young children will often have parties and invite neighbors, classmates and friends to celebrate birthdays.

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Money

The capitalist economy means that people (not government) own businesses and services. Healthcare is a big business. Farming is important too. Many farms are big and owned by businesses.

The capitalist economy means that people (not government) own businesses and services. Healthcare is a big business. Farming is important too. Many farms are big and owned by businesses.

Business owners are not required to help the community, but many make donations to local or national charities. Americans donate a lot of money to charities. Many churches and community organizations provide food, tsev nyob, thiab tseem ceeb ua yuav tau nyiaj tsawg tsev neeg.

Business owners are not required to help the community, but many make donations to local or national charities. Americans donate a lot of money to charities. Many churches and community organizations provide food, housing, and essentials to low-income families.

But American culture is more individual. One of the cultural differences you may notice is that people do not usually share their money with their extended family. They may choose to donate or help their extended family members or friends, tab sis nws tsis yog yuav tsum.

But American culture is more individual. One of the cultural differences you may notice is that people do not usually share their money with their extended family. They may choose to donate or help their extended family members or friends, but it is not expected.

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Names

Most Americans have three names: first name, nruab nrab lub npe, and family name (also called last name). Most women take their husband’s last name when they get married, although some keep their own last name or use both. If you have a different last name than your child, tej zaum koj yuav tsum tau muab pov thawj tias tus me nyuam yog koj tus me nyuam.

Most Americans have three names: first name, middle name, and family name (also called last name). Most women take their husband’s last name when they get married, although some keep their own last name or use both. If you have a different last name than your child, you may be required to show proof that the child is your child.

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Elders

Elders do not have the same level of respect as they do in many other countries. People tend to give more respect to university professors, business leaders, and rich people. This may be a hard adjustment for older newcomers.

Elders do not have the same level of respect as they do in many other countries. People tend to give more respect to university professors, business leaders, and rich people. This may be a hard adjustment for older newcomers.

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Time

The concept of time is strict, and this is one of the cultural differences that newcomers struggle with. People set a time for most daily events. They will leave an event early to make sure they are on time to their next appointment. Lub sij hawm yog tshwj xeeb tshaj yog ib qho tseem ceeb nyob rau hauv kev ua hauj lwm thiab tsev kawm ntawv.

The concept of time is strict, and this is one of the cultural differences that newcomers struggle with. People set a time for most daily events. They will leave an event early to make sure they are on time to their next appointment. Time is especially important in work and school settings.

Physical contact

Physical contact

Men and women typically shake hands. Txawm li cas los, it is okay for a woman to decline to shake hands or to touch a man. Men do not touch each other very often, tsuas yog tuav tes los yog muaj ib tus ceev puag. It is okay to touch other men. Women are more likely to touch one another, xws li ib tug puag thaum lawv thawj saib ib leeg los yog thaum lawv hais goodbye. Tsev neeg feem ntau kov thiab khawm txhua lwm yam.

Men and women typically shake hands. However, it is okay for a woman to decline to shake hands or to touch a man. Men do not touch each other very often, except for shaking hands or possibly a quick hug. It is okay to touch other men. Women are more likely to touch one another, such as a hug when they first see one another or when they say goodbye. Family members often touch and hug each other.

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Communication

People may say “hi” in the morning or smile but do not take a lot of time to greet other family members in the morning. You can greet your co-workers when you first arrive at work. People smile and say “thank you” a lot.

People may say “hi” in the morning or smile but do not take a lot of time to greet other family members in the morning. You can greet your co-workers when you first arrive at work. People smile and say “thank you” a lot.

Writing is used for important and official communication. If you sign a piece of paper, cov neeg yuav siv sij hawm daim ntawv heev tiag. Raws li txoj cai ntawv cog lus kos npe sau cov ntaub ntawv uas muaj peev xwm raug tswj los ntawm lub tsev hais plaub.

Writing is used for important and official communication. If you sign a piece of paper, people will take the paper very seriously. Legal contracts are signed written documents that can be enforced by the court.

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Eating

People mostly eat with silverware (diav rawg, riam thiab diav) unless they are eating sandwiches, hamburgers, or fast food. They use their own plate and bowl for each meal instead of sharing one bowl or plate. Yog hais tias koj muaj ib tug qhua nyob rau hauv koj lub tsev, koj yuav muab lawv cov zaub mov nyob hauv ib tug nyias muaj nyias ib lub phaj. Yog hais tias koj tsis paub tias khoom noj khoom haus yog communal los yog rau ib tug neeg, koj yuav tau nug.

People mostly eat with silverware (fork, knife and spoon) unless they are eating sandwiches, hamburgers, or fast food. They use their own plate and bowl for each meal instead of sharing one bowl or plate. If you have a guest at your home, you can offer them their food on a separate plate. If you are unsure if food is communal or for one person, you can ask.

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Education

All children must go to school from ages 5 rau 18. Most teachers are women, but many men teach children, heev. Schools expect parents to get involved in their children’s education. This means attending meetings or events at the school. It means giving students time to complete homework, and helping them to learn. American parents also help in the school as volunteers.

All children must go to school from ages 5 to 18. Most teachers are women, but many men teach children, too. Schools expect parents to get involved in their children’s education. This means attending meetings or events at the school. It means giving students time to complete homework, and helping them to learn. American parents also help in the school as volunteers.

Your children will learn to work in groups and teams. They will study to pass tests for college. Children in American schools learn how to think critically. Xav critically txhais tau tias cov tub kawm ntawv yuav tsum tau nug cov tswv yim. Raws li ib tug tshwm sim, students may start to question their parents. This is not a sign of disrespect. It shows they have learned an important skill to succeed in school and work.

Your children will learn to work in groups and teams. They will study to pass tests for college. Children in American schools learn how to think critically. Thinking critically means students are expected to question ideas. As a result, students may start to question their parents. This is not a sign of disrespect. It shows they have learned an important skill to succeed in school and work.

Health

Health

Many people visit the doctor for yearly check-ups rather than just when they are sick. Doctors are very respected.

Many people visit the doctor for yearly check-ups rather than just when they are sick. Doctors are very respected.

If a health worker will not talk to you about your family member’s medical care, do not take this as a sign they are being rude. The law says they are not allowed to discuss a patient’s health with other people unless the patient signs a form to give permission.

If a health worker will not talk to you about your family member’s medical care, do not take this as a sign they are being rude. The law says they are not allowed to discuss a patient’s health with other people unless the patient signs a form to give permission.

Counseling

Counseling

Counselors are very well respected. Nws yog ib yam rau cov neeg Asmeskas mus ntsib ib tug kws pab tswv yim yuav pab tau lawv los ntawm txoj kev tuag ntawm ib tug neeg hauv tsev neeg los yog lwm yam tu siab thiab nyuaj txheej xwm. Almost every school has a counselor to help student’s achieve their goals, such as going to college. Yog hais tias koj tus menyuam xav tau kev pab mus ntsib ib tug kws pab tswv yim, qhov no yuav ua ib tug loj kev pab rau koj tsev neeg thiab tsis yog dab tsi tsis zoo rau koj tsev neeg.

Counselors are very well respected. It is very common for Americans to see a counselor to help them through the death of a family member or other sad and hard events. Almost every school has a counselor to help student’s achieve their goals, such as going to college. If your student needs to see a counselor, this can be a big help for your family and does not mean anything negative for your family.

Marriage and divorce

Marriage and divorce

Nyob rau hauv lub US, you can only be married to one person. Niam hlob niam yau yog tiv thaiv cov kev cai lij choj. Divorce is common and accepted in the United States.

In the US, you can only be married to one person. Polygamy is against the law. Divorce is common and accepted in the United States.

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Family

Most people live only with their immediate family members – parents and children and sometimes grandparents. Only a small percentage of families live with their extended families. The is one of the most noticeable cultural differences for newcomers from more traditional societies.

Most people live only with their immediate family members – parents and children and sometimes grandparents. Only a small percentage of families live with their extended families. The is one of the most noticeable cultural differences for newcomers from more traditional societies.

Men and women are both important to the household. Most men help with household chores such as cooking and cleaning and taking care of children. Tus txiv neej uas ua tej haujlwm no tseem pom raws li nyob rau hauv them nyiaj ntawm lawv cov tsev.

Men and women are both important to the household. Most men help with household chores such as cooking and cleaning and taking care of children. Men who do these chores are still seen as in charge of their homes.

Most families have two children. Many people pay to send their children to daycare. Nws yog tiv thaiv cov kev cai lij choj mus rau tawm cov me nyuam hauv tsev ib leeg tsis muaj kev saib xyuas. Nws kuj tseem txhaum kev cai lij choj uas ntaus los yog lub cev kev qhuab qhia cov me nyuam.

Most families have two children. Many people pay to send their children to daycare. It is against the law to leave children home alone without supervision. It is also against the law to hit or physically discipline children.

Women and girls

Women and girls

Nyob rau hauv lub US, cov txiv neej thiab cov poj niam nyob, ua hauj lwm, thiab mus rau tsev kawm ntawv ua ke. This is one of the biggest cultural differences and adjustment for some newcomers. Men and women mix at social events too. But you can request to have a doctor of the same sex.

In the US, men and women live, work, and go to school together. This is one of the biggest cultural differences and adjustment for some newcomers. Men and women mix at social events too. But you can request to have a doctor of the same sex.

Girls continue with their educations just like boys. American boys and girls both help with chores. American girls are not expected to run households until they are adult or get married.

Girls continue with their educations just like boys. American boys and girls both help with chores. American girls are not expected to run households until they are adult or get married.

Nyob rau hauv lub US, women and girls are still expected to go to work and school while they are menstruating.

In the US, women and girls are still expected to go to work and school while they are menstruating.

Women usually work outside the home like men. Most women take care of their babies on their own after one or two weeks. Employers must give unpaid time off for a few weeks, but then they expect women to return to work as soon as possible.

Women usually work outside the home like men. Most women take care of their babies on their own after one or two weeks. Employers must give unpaid time off for a few weeks, but then they expect women to return to work as soon as possible.

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Work

Some newcomers say they do not have any skills for the American workforce. This is not true. Many newcomers speak more than one language. They are strong because they have survived great hardship. Most newcomers value learning. They are willing to study and work hard. Newcomers make important contributions. Please use our work resources to help you find work and succeed at work.

Some newcomers say they do not have any skills for the American workforce. This is not true. Many newcomers speak more than one language. They are strong because they have survived great hardship. Most newcomers value learning. They are willing to study and work hard. Newcomers make important contributions. Please use our work resources to help you find work and succeed at work.

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