Week 3

WHY DOES CULTURE MATTER?

What makes us who we are? Why do we do eat the foods we eat, tell the stories we tell, celebrate special holidays, shake hands, or hug and kiss our loved ones the way we do? These are all aspects of culture. Shared culture and its rules, norms, traditions, language, and symbols are an important part of what defines us as a society and as individuals. Take it from Leslie Roark Scott, whose family traditions run deeper than just serving up Memphis BBQ in Yazoo City, Mississippi. They are part of a shared culture that has shaped her identity and opened up a world of opportunities.