Mahito’s Cultural Experience in the U.S. and Orlando’s

While from different cultural backgrounds, what similarities do you observe between
Mahito’s cultural experience in the U.S. and Orlando’s? What differences do you note?
Include at least 1 similarity or difference that is unique. Include pertinent aspects of the
assigned reading and/or material in your observations.

Mahito’s Cultural Experience in the U.S. and Orlando’s
The Orlando and Mahito experience in United States presents some similarities and
differences between American and Japanese cultures. The intensive and continuous
interaction with United States population helped them acquire an American communication
style and accent. Initially, the two individual had adopted the Japanese accent. Furthermore,
both Orlando and Mahito appeared to appreciate the United States religious teaching and
spirituality. The two characters had also adopted the Christian values and practices.
Mahito and Orlando also confirm a varying difference between United States and
Japanese authority and power. The Americans have limited value and respect to the
prevailing authorities. However, although are authorities are critical in enhancing reliable
service delivery, the United States authorities have the role of respecting its citizens. The two
characters observe that the United States and Japanese family values are similar. The United
States population has substantive level of recognition to its family institutions. Moreover,
everyone in the family has a specific contribution in family enhancing social and economic
However, although both Mahito and Orlando had similar Japanese origin, the two
individual had adopted varying lifestyles. Orlando had a substantial level of recognition to his
family members. Orlando used most of his precious time with his family members. The


intensive interaction between Orlando and his family was relatively useful in motivating him
start a new life in a unique culture. On his side, Mahito was interested in interacting with his
peers. Although his family members were equally useful in his life, the character preferred to
engage in a productive relationship with friends from Japanese origin. Mahito and Orlando
also noted huge differences on the meaning and usage of emotional reactions. In an ideal
situation, Japanese does not use their emotion to offend other people in the society. Instead,
emotion is useful in conveying critical information. However, in United States, the concept is
vital in presenting individual feeling towards a given situation and in offending an individual
(Thompson & Joseph 2010).




Thompson, W., & Joseph H.(2010). Society in Focus. Boston, MA: Pearson

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