Demonstrating Knowledge and Awareness of Local, Global / Intercultural Issues

     The term “intercultural” pertains to interactions, communication, or connections that take place between individuals or groups from distinct cultural backgrounds. It encompasses the sharing of ideas, values, traditions, beliefs, and customs among people or communities with various cultural heritages. Most of us scholars come from different cities and grew up in different environments to which we adapted as we spent more time in those particular places. Especially in our dorm, I can see our differences when it comes to various things. Our religious beliefs are dissimilar because I don’t practice praying, but they do. I am glad that they are very open people and accept me for who I am. The way we clean different things is also different from how I do it in our house. Additionally, I have friends from ASAT who are also scholars and come from the province. Of course, their accent is very strong, and sometimes they will talk in their own language, and I cannot understand what they’re talking about. To demonstrate your knowledge and awareness of these issues, you may practice cultural relativism, which recognizes that each culture has its own values, beliefs, and practices that are meaningful to its members. Educating ourselves about intercultural issues helps us understand why people behave or act the way they do.

– Sarah Mae Leopoldo, IST