IE3 ICC Seminar: Lesson 9
We had a very busy lesson today, especially since you got your second letter from your Cambodian partner.
Cultural Dimensions Review:
After you read your letters and discussed your partner's cultural practice, we used Hofstede's cultural dimensions
to compare Cambodia and Japan, and to review last week's material. Some key points from this activity included:
We spent some time brainstorming culture-specific vocabulary that you might have to use in your next letter. For this letter's theme, you'll be writing about your educational experiences and institutions. You can also write about favorite memories and teachers.
For your letter, include the following:
b. recent news
c. topic: education in Japan (2 pages)
d. answer your partner's questions
e. ask your partner 3 questions
U.S. Cultural Patterns:
For the last part of class, we learned how American culture developed and spread throughout the United States. We didn't get time to use Value Orientation Theory to compare the U.S. to Japan, so please complete the worksheet for homework. We'll use it to review the material in next week's lesson.
1. Research your presentation topic
3. Value Orientation Theory worksheet
Blog Question #8:
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Monday, June 15 by 6:00pm.
6/9/2015 06:42:22 pm
My partner introduced the same cultural cultural practice as me. It was called "Bon Om Touk" translated as The Water Festival in English. This festival takes three days and consists of having boat races, concerts and so on. Throughout the festival the big purpose is to appreciate the moon and numerous amounts of people from all over Cambodia come to join. People who attend this festival also eats a traditional rice bowl dish called "Ak Ambok", which is a mixed bowl with rice and coconut.
6/11/2015 01:40:45 am
The cultural practice my partner explained was Water Festival. It is a festival a lot of people from every province in Cambodia come on the bank of the river called Tonle Sap River, and have a competition rowing the boats on the water in front of the royal palace. It`s in the middle of November and lasts for three days, which people can get holidays. People celebrate the days to appreciate their ancestors who did a fight for their own country and won. They also appreciate for the land they have and live in. Before the main ceremony starts, people invite monks to pray although the festival is not a religious ceremony. Many people love to watch fireworks after the rowing-boats competition.
6/13/2015 02:10:48 pm
The cultural practice my partner talked about was the Khmer New Year. It is celebrated for three days from 14th to 16th of April. April is the end of the harvest season, and since most of Cambodians are farmers, it is the most important time of the year. They are able to get money from their harvest and are free from farming. On the day before the event, every family help each other clean up the house, put up decoration, and prepare fruits, drinks, flowers, cakes and so on, on a big table placed in front of their house. On the day of the event, families cook delicious food and dress up in Cambodian traditional clothes. After that, people bring and offer food to the monks and to their ancestors.
6/13/2015 09:41:44 pm
In Cambodia, more than 70 percentage of their population is making a living as farmers. And then there is a cultural ceremony for the farmer called Bon Chroat Preach Nongkoal, which mean Royal Ploughing Ceremony. At the ceremony they pray for a good harvest. This takes place in front of the National Museum, which is next to the Royal Palace. Representing of all Cambodians, their king cerebrates this ceremony and their queen sows seed, and the field is elaborately plowed three times, and then the royal servants drive the royal oxen to seven golden trays containing rice, corn, sesame seeds, beans, grass, water and wine to feed. Throughout this festival, they wear colorful Khmer traditional costume.
6/14/2015 03:45:47 am
My partner explained to me about Cambodian festival which is called Bonn a haul Chhnam Khmer. It lasts for three days in April.It is the end of the harvesting season.People celebrate this festival to change the old year and welcome new year.A few days before Khmer New Year Day,people clean their house,buy some new things and prepare food,flowers candles,and drinks in order to sacrifice to the new angel.They offer monks food to dedicate to the spirits of the ancestors and pray for them.During these three days,people visit their hometown or the place they want to go.Mu partner and her mother went to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.I think This festival is similar to Japanese New Year events. The similar points are we go back to our hometown,play traditional games called karuta and hagoita, and eat traditional food;osechi. The difference is their festival is connected to the spirits of their ancestors,but we have that kind of festival in Obon.
6/14/2015 03:14:33 pm
6/14/2015 04:42:26 pm
My Cambodian partner introduced one of Cambodian festival, called "Bon Om Touk", water festival in English. He said they celebrate it every year. This festival was held for celebrating the honor of the victory of Cambodian naval against Champa naval in 12th century during Jayamara vann VII king. However, nowadays, this festival is for just fun and entertainment. It is usually held for 3 days and a lot of boats come from everywhere in Cambodia for racing and they compete to be a champion of the year.
6/14/2015 06:14:54 pm
My partner explained about Chol Chhnam Khmer. It means Khmer New Year Festival. It is celebrated to receive the old Angels and replaced by the new Angels. Before the festival people prepare by cleaning every corner of their houses, and decorating inside the house with special things such as lights, drinks and fruits and flowers. On the first day of the festival people prepare foods and offer them to the monk at the pagoda to pray for the relatives of the family. On the second day, people play traditional games, and also do "Seong Phreah" meaning "take a bath for the Buddha." Children ask their parents to be the gods and take a bath for them and and ask them forgiveness for the things children did wrong before.
6/14/2015 06:54:21 pm
My Cambodian partner told me about the new year. This cultural practice stars from 13th of April and ends on 15th of April. It used to to be in January but it is the busiest time for farmers, so they decided to do it in April when the harvesting season ends. On the first day they prepare foods and decorate. For good luck people wash their faces in the morning, their chests at noon and their feet in the evening with holy water. On the second day some people make offering money for the poor. On the last day Buddhism people usually make special water that is mixed with power, flowers and perfume. They take this water to Buddhism statues and make a wish. At home children take the water and wash their parents or grandparents to show their respects.
6/14/2015 06:57:18 pm
My partner, Reaksa told me about a popular festival called "Kathena Tien", which means "Offering To The Monk". It's a longest duration celebration and it starts from the first day of waxing moon in November to the last day of the full moon in December. And this festival is celebrated every year by all the Buddhists joining together in one group and share what they have.
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