Guiding Question of Choice:
How does our home culture shape our worldviews and affect our personal identities?
The Poisonwood Bible gave me a lot to think about in terms of the question above. This was a very challenging question to me because although my home culture is Thai culture. I spent my critical years of adolescence away from it and was exposed to American culture.
However, there has always been that bit of Thai within me, and I feel that that strongly drives my sense of personal identity. I am incredibly reserved and quiet, and am often first to think that speak. However, unlike what is valued in Asian cultures, I am incredibly confrontational. Living in New York for six years has done that to me. I go out of my way to resolve conflict face-to-face and prefer harmony over being fake friendly and just getting along, hoping that the conflict resolves on its own.
Interestingly, I do not think that my time here and in New York has strongly shaped my worldview. I became a Christian on my own – through my own experience, and I think that my home culture hasn’t shaped me that much. Although my whole family is Christian, and I did spend my childhood going to Church with them and receiving First Communion, I didn’t call the faith my own until much later in my life.
On a final note, I feel that my home culture has shaped my identity and values strongly, but it has not significantly affected my worldview. My very own personality has been blended together by the two places I have spent the first ten years of my life in, and I feel that it has made a significant contribution to the person I am today.