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Culture as a Game: Food and Eating Customs in the USA (and Around the World)

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Cultural diversity includes everyday things like food, eating, table manners and more. Around the world, people need to eat, but we do so in very different ways, with different foods, at different times and according to different rules.

In this video we will look at the following:

-How to describe culture as if it were a game.
-How different cultures have different general orientations towards food.
-Why many more traditional cultures choose to spend so much time on customs involving food.
-Why we often have so little time for food shopping, preparation and eating together in the USA.
-How we can describe these cultural differences using the Culture as a Game analogy.

This video is exploring an important source of culture shock: different ways of organizing food and eating. Describing these differences as if they were a game can be very helpful for kids and teens – but also for adults. After all, everyone knows what it’s like to play a game with someone who is used to playing by different rules!

Here’s a link to more information about culture shock: https://blog.icesusa.org/culture-shock-how-can-you-help

Here’s a link to the article that goes with this video: https://blog.icesusa.org/american-culture-101-make-it-a-game

For information about hosting an exchange student: https://blog.icesusa.org/how-to-become-a-host-family-step-by-step-guide

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