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To learn about your own culture through the perspective of an older person in your culture.


For this assignment, you will be interviewing someone from your culture who is at least 15 years older than you. This can be a parent/caregiver, aunt/uncle, cousin, grandparent, sibling- really anyone who is older than you and shares your culture. Please complete the following things:

  • Describe the person you decided to interview. Describe their age, gender identity, your relationship with them and why you decided to interview this particular person.
  • Conduct a phone/zoom/in-person (if safe) interview. Below is a list of questions. Please ask at least 10. You can ask more than 10 but must at least ask 10.
  • Reflect on the interview in 4-5 paragraphs. Summarize the interview and discuss what you found interesting about the interview.
  • Discuss at least 2 examples of acculturation, enculturation, or assimilation that may have come up during the interview.
    • HINT: it is your job to make sure to ask questions that will cover these topics


  1. When did your ancestors first leave their homeland and why?
  2. What kind of work did your ancestors do when they first came to the United States?
  3. When and where were you born? Where did you grow up?
  4. What kinds of chores did you do? Describe any unusual chores.
  5. What is your earliest childhood memory
  6. What do you recall about the holidays in your early childhood?
  7. What is the most important thing that you parents or elders taught you when you were growing up?
  8. How is the world today different from when you were a child?
  9. How is mental health viewed in your culture?
  10. Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
  11. Are there any traditions that have been passed down in your family? If so, please describe them
  12. Are there any special heirlooms (Links to an external site.), photos, bibles, or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
  13. What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
  14. Describe your career. Why did you choose that career? Did you like the work you chose?
  15. How has life changed for you during your lifetime?
  16. What expectations do you feel our cultural community has for its young people?
  17. What words of wisdom or advice would you like to pass on?
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