I had a culture bump with American people at the University of Houston. When I crossed the street, I pushed the button of the walking traffic light and I was waiting for it to turn from red to white, but American students by my side didn’t wait and just crossed the street. I was surprised and confused about what was happening. I thought that American people are dangerous and I don’t know why American people don’t wait for the light to turn from red to white. So I asked an American person, “Why aren’t you waiting for the traffic light?” He answered, ” I check right and left, but I don’t want to wait for the walking traffic light to turn red to white, because I have no time to wait for the light. Time is money.” I was so surprised and I hadn’t thought of that idea. I thought that this is American culture.
The universal situation concerns safety.
-Kana, Chika, Karin, Kazuki, & Claire say be sure to check out our culture bump video called Waiting, waiting, waiting HERE!