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Journal Entry # 2 – Marcela

September 11, 2008

Some Americans consider Brazilians disrespectful of people’s space, because Latin people tend to lean and grab on one another when interacting. Americans defend that they have their own bubble and nobody should cross the distance of two arms. I think this is an exageration because you can’t even touch someone that you know, if you are not so close to the person.

Rick: Marcela, of course you can touch people you are close with. Americans hug and slap each other’s butts and touch their shoulders etc if they are close to each other. However, among classmates, for instance it would be weird for them to do so because in that culture it would be considered an invasion of their privacy. That is all.

Marcela: It is diferent cultures so everybody should respect.

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Journal Entry # 2- Bruna

September 11, 2008

I don’t think that women should quit their job. We have studied all life willing to pass in the university and find a good job, and when all thing is going right we will have to quit. Why you and not your husband?

Rick: What about maternal instinct?

Bruna: I don’t think that my husband should quit his job, just if he wants, but I don’t have the obligattion to quit too.

Rick: Who is going to take care of the kids then?

Bruna: In the majority there is a way to juggle job ank kids. For example, you can work during the mornig and then you can take care of your kids, and if you husband can’t stop working you could hire a nanny to take care of them during the morning. It is the best way to enjoy your life doing what you want and having a good family.

Rick: But what happens to days when neither the father nor the mother are able to take care of the children?

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Journal Entry #2 – Arnoldo

September 11, 2008

6- Having a body contact in Brazil, is not really impolite. I think that if you hug or shake hands with a friend is very common and means that you like him. I don’t know why americans think this is disrespecful, since you are not hurting or having a huge body contact with the person. I think it is pretty gentle for you to give it a

Rick: Arnoldo, of course you are hurting them. Not in the physical sense and you may think, but psychologically you are. It is big invasion to have someone who you do not have so much intimacy with touch you. Touching is supposed to be something very intimate between two individuals and not something so trivial as it is in the Brazilian culture.

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Journal Entry #2 – Alexandre

September 11, 2008

Alexandre: 8 – I belive that the dollar has decreased (Where? In Brazil?All over the world?) because of the american ressesion . Although the American Government injected 200 billions of dollars in the economy , people are still needing money to pay the bill , for example. As a matter of fact, our stock market ( BM&F) has decreased because of the selling of foreign stocks and that’s why the dollar increased to 1.77 reais. The Lemmans Brothers Bank , for example , had a loss of 3.9 Billions of Dollars according to Bloomberg. (Wow, I did not know any of that!)

Rick: I would be very curious to know more about the issue!

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Journal Entry # 2 – Gabriela

September 11, 2008

I don’t consider touching others a lack of respect, because here in Brazil, it’s natural to shake hands, kiss, it’s our culture. I think it’s weird the Americans have this personal space, this distante between one of eachother, because they don’t have this close relationship, they don’t interact like we, brazilians do.

Rick: What are you suggesting Americans do when they come live here in Brazil? Allow people to touch them even if such behavior would go against their own sets of beliefs? Are you suggesting that I start allowing people to touch me just because I am living here in Brazil?

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Jornal Entry #2 – Pedro

September 11, 2008

Some amricans, the ones who live in California, for example, think that touching, even if it´s just an arm touch, is very envasive. Brazil´s culture allows people ot really ‘get in touch’ with each other. Kissing( cheek kissing) in a man´s and woman’s fist met is really normal for us. I think this statment is right, because there’s no lack of respect in touching other people – but of course there’s a limit for the touch. In first met, the maximum touch is in the arm or the cheek (kissing) , but as you better now th eperson, you can touch her more (easily). 

Rick: What do you mean by touching them more easily?

Pedro: There is no necessity to live in your own buble, but of course you should have some respect.

Rick: Pedro, what are you suggesting Americans who live in Brazil do in this respect? Adopt a new set of behavior that would go against their own sets of beliefs? That would be a very hard thing to do. Although you may not feel invaded by such touching, many Americans do. And that is something very hard to break. Imagine you living in a country where men would touch each other’s butts every time they meet.  I am sure that you would not feel very comfortable, would you? Same thing, isn’t it?

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Journal Entry #2 – Paulo

September 11, 2008

In my opinion, in the kitchen I can do all the essential things. I know how to cook Miojo, scrambled and fried eggs and popcorn.  I cook this kind ofthings almost every week. But when I want to change or I want to eat something different I can order by phone pizzas, chinese foof, japanese food and whatever I want.

Rick: Why did you decide to learn how to cook? Did anyone force you to do so? And also, do you think that teenagers like yourself should learn how to cook as well so that they will be able to be more independent in the future?