Reading Reflection Essay

Reading ReflectionIntroduction            This paper focuses on the different characteristics of cultural diversities in different settings globally. Some cultures are different in their set of beliefs, norms, principles, lifestyle, language, manner of dialect or ethnicity, regions, age, gender, race. Strength of relationships by the divergent cultures would be dependent then, on how the individual react, interpret, and adjust to these differences. Martin & Nakamura contends from their context: Nonverbal Codes and Cultural Space, that as human beings were inherently social beings, studying these cultural differences was indeed a solution to survive tensions and anxieties arousing from the effects of these massive differences. (253)Body            A literary piece by Gorden entitle Gringo’s feet is an account of interviews collated from the Latin American specifically, the Colombian women’s perception of the North American people (especially their men). This text presented the consistent responses of the Colombians to their dislike and irritability of their North American guests’ attitude and habit of raising their feet in anything furniture nearby.

Colombians emphasize that they appreciate the intelligence and friendliness nature of the North Americans, though they despise such attitude of raising feet casually and they find it inappropriate to be treated in such an inconsiderate and unethical manner. Several reactions and nonverbal communications do these Colombians or Latin Americans impart to the North American guests just to give out their message that the latter stop the unpleasing manner yet if was found that the North Americans follow the suggestion or request if the message was relayed to them directly and verbally instead of a non-verbal way. (131)            Further, understanding that the North Americans have different culture and beliefs from that of the Americans is the reality and that it implicitly suggests taking closer analysis and studying such diversities in order to communicate effectively without the risk of misinterpretations, miscommunications, and misunderstandings. Martin and Nakamura in their idea of non-verbal communication explains that in order to transfer information or to communicate an idea effectively, an individual should put into account and consider the nature of the receiver of the message: the individual sending the message should consider the cultural influences of the specific receiver of the message.

Nonetheless, nonverbal gestures and their respective meanings vary in the social and cultural contexts of different people. In so doing, the manner of which the different person or “subculture” (in terms of culture) communicates, should adjust one’s manner or verbal and nonverbal communicating in order to be fully understood by the mainstream of prevalent culture in a specified location. Moreover, understanding of the various interpretations of cultural spaces, could also be considered a major effort in understanding cultural diversities to avoid miscommunication: An individual should adjust one’s way of communicating with regards to the receiver’s perception and interpretation of space.  Thus, respect to cultural space indicates respect to the identity of the receiver of message or information. (267)Conclusion            Respect for the divergence of the multicultural society is an attempt of a competent individual to adjust in a social setting. These differences may be a hindrance to communication and thus, to build harmonious and lasting relationships for people indifferent cultures yet, an effort to diminish the instances of miscommunication is the best resort to achieve desired long term relationships (Bateson 605).Works CitedBateson, Mary Catherine.

“Insight in a Bicultural Context.”            Retrieved (Month, date, year,) from,            (Type URL)Gorden. (First Name).

“The Gringo’s Feet.” Living in Latin America.            Retrieved (Month, date, year,) from,            (Type URL)Martin & Nakamura. “Nonverbal Codes and Cultural Space.”            Retrieved (Month, date, year,) from,            (Type URL) 


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