The Elite Team
It has been 2 weeks hearing about culture bumps. In fact, they exist everywhere and anytime. Our team is Elite Team, coming from China. It’s the first time for all of us to come to America .We were so excited before we got on the American ground. But when we saw light lunch, heavy supper、keeping bubble of space with other guys, no place for us to fill hot water, we were confused. Is it really the America we dreamed about for such a long time? What should we do to adjust to these culture bumps?
So we choose a subject, the hot water .That is so significant for Chinese people who are told by doctors and elders that hot water is good for our health-especially drink one glass of hot water in the morning.
In this video, we compared two guys. One was eagerly looking for hot water, but he had to wait until arrived the apartment; the other guy filled his glass with cold water and drank during winter although the temperature was 13 degree centigrade or so. From this video, we can see that the American guy felt satisfied; in contrast the Chinese disappointed face says it all.
Why can Americans drink such cold water in winter? Won’t they feel uncomfortable? Do they eat too much meat at home, they need cold water to balance their calories in the bodies? We aim to figure out the reasons.
With these puzzles, our team visits an American in an office where she gave us an interesting answer. Elizabeth is a pretty young lady; she looks so graceful that we could hardly imagine her drinking cold water with ice cubes. In our culture, a beautiful lady should sip hot tea gracefully as Dr. Archer showed us her happiest time. But Elizabeth told us seriously that she prefers cold water because she is very busy and drinking cold water doesn’t take her too much time. And her children only have room temperature water as well. She never forces them to drink hot one. She added drinking more water is healthy for the young child and usually children have no patience to drink hot water. In our culture, if conditions permit, we will choose hot water in winter first.
In fact, both hot water and cold water have the same meaning in the two cultures. They are concerned with health and effectiveness. Each culture has its own way to Rome. Just like people in Beijing would like to choose the subway as being more convenient and more effective. People in Houston choose driving the private car for the same reason. They have the same meaning. So there may be no sense to argue which is healthier- hot water and cold water .What you think is, just a culture bump.