Chapter 3: UD's International Community
Proceedings: Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus
University of Dayton
I came to UD from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the 54 countries in Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo includes more than 250 tribes. Two principal values can define the Congolese culture, as well as the cultures of many other countries in Africa: hospitality and attachment to the family. In Congolese cultures, strangers are welcome and given particular care. In fact, being together is of a great value in this cultural environment. There is little room for individualism. We exist first as members of a family or a clan.
The perceptions of many international students about lifestyle in the United States can be summarized by a quest for personal ego. American culture is perceived as an individualistic culture. The “I” and “my” have greater values over the “we” and “our.” Diversity and difference are not as appreciated as sources of communion and strength.
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Mosengo, Blaise, "My International Experience and Perceptions of American Culture" (2018). Proceedings: Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus. 28.