This lesson topic is Introduction to cultural anthropology, from these six weeks study, I have new definition and new understanding for cultural anthropology. At first, for “culture”, I think it is a synonymous of historical sites and never think cultural will integrated into daily life. Now, my definition of culture is not confined to one aspect. These weeks’ lectures help me to know and learn culture from different aspect. From a description of nearby environment to system of difference, a ritual, kinship chart, system of exchange and cultural adoption. These are all culture reflection, even seems so irrelevant, but all belong to culture.These things let me know that culture is integrated in our daily life, not only in books.
I am impressed for week one, three and four. In the first week, I describe a block near my apartment, standing in one place to observe the surrounding environment give me a different feeling to this block. Slow down and go into the place, give me a new feeling about life and culture. The local living environment is a reflection of culture. Week 3 is description of a ritual, after I watch all lectures post and decide to choose ritual, I found ritual and culture are closely linked, like weeding ceremony, Western and Chinese are totally different and based on local culture. Clothes, music, color are all have strict rules, these are all because of local cultural practices. For week 4, I describe my kinship chart. I follow lectures and video to lean how to use graph to describe family relationship. My family is a special combination, because is a combination of different nationalities. I search the reason on Internet and found this with the history of China. I am impressed with these three weeks is because I found these individuals things have closely linked with culture, and help me to found different accept of culture.