What do you do during your free time in weekend when you are boring and you have some works to do and your room`s air is so hot that you can`t do anything? Yes, you go find the place that is cool, enjoyable, and has good condition to actually “DO” your work, such as cafe. If we go to cafe or any other type of place like that, we could usually see people eating there food and doing there work in there, and that is what I exactly do in Panera every weekends and some weekdays that cashier in there named Evan, who is a senior in STAB always says to me go home every time he sees me. <Photo Creds to Cindy Yu and Stephanie Lugus>
If we ask people in the world about the American food culture, most of them would definitely say that every Americans mainly eat burgers and hotdogs for food, as it is one of the Classic American foods, and it is famous all over the world. That could be true, but however, as we know, that is all of the American culture. For breakfast, we usually eat very simply, such as cereals, bagels, or waffle. During lunch we usually eat sandwich, taco, hamburger, or chicken salad, and eat plentifully during dinner, mainly meat. Exactly! In this picture, I ordered BBQ Chicken Sandwich in Panera Bread for lunch, as our American eat for lunch. Sandwich has been placed in our culture deeply. We have been enjoyed it traditionally, and also it is extremely popular in United States, because it is convenient to make it and also well-being and healthy.
After finishing my meal with my friend Cindy, she brought some of her volleyball buddies that I did not knew them before. In this situation, since I don`t know them I would be very uncomfortable, but however since I`m ‘American,’ whose familiar to ‘first meeting,’ which means we could easily communicate with the people we first met, it was not uncomfortable at all, but very enjoyable. Also, European, who also supports individualism, praised Americans’ cultural characteristics of the ability to talk friendly to unfamiliar people. Thanks to this culture, although it just have been a minute after we first met, we started to have fun and we even take pictures and videos.
Because of this ‘open to person to person’ culture, it is one of the reason that I feel like I’m blessed to live inside of the American Culture. When I went to Korea over the last summer, since it is my parents’ home country, I tried and wanted to be social with some Korean friends, because I did not had great relationships with Asian kids in United-States, I had hard time making friends. I looked strange to them by approaching based on my American cultural background that talks easily with first-met people and becoming friendly, because they were totally opposite to us. They separated by community, not each individual like United States, which they were bonded each other in their community very tightly that it was very hard to become friendly with them and had to stay quietly and uncomfortably in that group. I am not saying that kind of culture is not a good culture, since both cultures share advantages and disadvantages. However, I like our culture that we could be social easily, although we met each other first time, and communicate each other with out uncomfortablness.
*Big thanks to Cindy Yu and Stephanie Lugus for taking the picture of me and also thanks to everyone today; Lexi and Maddie also, for making me have fun today with you guys! It was a pleasure meeting you guys today!!