Managing Cultural Diversity Assignment Introducing a Friend of a Different Culture Introduction: Nowadays, Hong Kong society are become more and more diversity, you can see many different nation people in the street. Most of them are come from Middle East. In IVE (HW), there are many foreign students. For understand their culture, I have joined Immix Buddy group this years. Therefore, I meet Jeff. Jeff is a Pakistani and 20 years old. When he was 12, his family decide go to Hong Kong for better living. Now, he studies in diploma course at IVE (HW).
Although he living in Hong Kong 8 years, he just knows a little bit Cantonese, we also communicate in English. It’s hard to communicate with him, because he speaks English very fast and has Pakistani accent. I often misunderstand what he said, but he can know what I’m said, it’s a strange phenomenon. Eating: It’s hard for Jeff eating at outside, because Jeff’s family are Muslim. Muslim can not eat pork and their meat must slaughter in a particular way, they need to recite the Koran when in the slaughter of animals. They must eat halal food. The word halal means permitted or lawful.
Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Koran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following: 1. Pork or pork by product. 2. Animals that were that prior to slaughtering. 3. Animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah. 4. Blood or blood by products. 5. Alcohol. Therefore, Jeff must go to the particular restaurant. If Jeff eating in home, wheat and other flour products are the mainstays of the diet. Jeff and his families eat paratha in the morning.
Paratha is making by whole wheat flour. Sometime they will add extra zing to paratha by sprinkling them with spices like thymol and cumin seeds and dry red chili flakes. It taste crispy and flaky and go well with curry or dry stir-fry. Jeff explained that paratha has high calorie, it can make him feel spirit all day. At lunch and dinner, they eat chapati, it seem like paratha because it make by whole wheat flour too. There are some different between paratha and chapati. Paratha use water, but the chapati can use yoghurt or milk to make it softer.
After Jeff’s introduction, I really want to try those foods. Festivals: Jeff also told me Muslim have a special festival call Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, and is a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan(the ninth month of the Muslim year, when Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset ), the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fi? r means “conclusion of the fast”; and so the holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal (the tenth month of the Muslim year). At Eid first day, Jeff said he would get up as early as he can, and eat something after prayers, wearing festive clothes on this day, a symbol of the end of Ramadan. Then go out to the reunion, hugging and greeting, restore the link between friends and relatives. Jeff explained that Eid was not only the end of Ramadan, and is to thank Allah (God Allah) to make their faith more firm. It’s a peace and joy day. In addition, Jeff told me that Pakistani New Year is traditionally referred as Nowruz or ‘New Day’.
Like most of the other countries which celebrates 1st of January as the New Year day, this day is officially declared as New Year. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Muslim year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. Concept of marriage: Pakistani must need their parents’ agreement to get married in ancient times. Jeff stressed that he would not marriage like ancient times, but still need to respect the wishes of his parents.
According to doctrine, Jeff and other religious people can not get married. But he said that there are exceptions: “Although doctrine is not encouraged, but men marry women of non-Muslims is acceptable, but no exception for a woman. ” Dressing: Jeff does not wear the traditional cloths usually but wear in some festivals day. However, he told me a lot of the traditional cloths. Salwar kameez (shalwar qameez) is the national dress of Pakistan. Salwars are loose trousers designed in various styles. The salwar kameez is important especially during the festivals celebrated in Pakistan, for men as well as women.
Men as well as women wear the same attire, with a difference in the colors used, fits, silhouettes and the kind of embellishments used. Interesting patterns woven with lace are used to add femininity to the kameez. Women also use a dupatta with the salwar kameez. Dupattas are long yards of cloth available along with the salwar kameez because their color and pattern is coordinated as per the entire ensemble. Women also wear scarves or shawls with the salwar kameez that is used to wrap around the head and neck area. Achkan is another important dress of Pakistan.
Achkan is a long jacket, which also originated in the 19th century in India. These are long sleeved coats reaching all the way to the knees. Sometimes, achkan can even go lower. Conclusion: In conclusion, Jeff is a nice guy. He told me a lot of thing about Pakistan and Muslim. It’s happy to know more about other culture. I’m interesting in those things especially their food. Maybe I will invite Jeff cooking to me in someday. Moreover, I want to try wear achkan, it seems like very cool, it look like the animation role’s cloths. Also, I think Pakistan is a good place for travel. Total works: 1001