Hello,( West Valley College) colleagues and a hello to our Instructor, Professor Farrell . Welcome to the presentation of my Self Reflection Evaluation. Let’s begin!
My goal in this presentation is to discuss aspects of my culture and upbringing and how they impact how I communicate with people of other cultures.
My initial perceptions of this project brought on feelings familiarity but also apprehension. I had read a book on diasporic hybrid identity in my English class at West Valley College and was still familiar with some of the topics like disporia, and hyphenated identities. I was nervous too. It is hard to analyze one’s self. I tried to see this project of self discovery as a challenge.
The first Aspect of History I want to discuss is that Culture is Learned. This is my paternal Great Grandmother. She graduated from college and was a teacher, she actually taught home-ec.My grandmother, Naomi’s Daughter, also is a college graduate and was a teacher as well. My aunt and my female cousins on my paternal side of the family have all been college graduates. These women taught me the value of education. Contrarily, on my mother’s side none of the women graduated from college until my generation.
The Second aspect of history I want to discuss is “Culture is expressed in behavior”. Growing up, my mom was always reading books about other cultures, listening to music from other countries and in different languages and really taught all five of her children to value the differences in other cultures. Her behavior directly affected how we, her children, engage others. The reason this is important is because she broke a barrier within her own cultural upbringing. My mother, growing up, experience that interracial dating in her household was frowned upon. My grandfather also forbid my grandmother to ever make rice. I’m proud my mother’s expressed behavior had such an influence on her children.
For this project I chose to interview my Paternal Grandmother Barbara Detrick Swedlow. I learned a lot of information. She and my grandfather are huge geneology buffs. I found out that ethnically and racial speaking is Norwegian, Danish and “Heinz 57” North-Eastern European. I found I am related to some famous or infamous people such as:William McKinley (25ht president)Brian Boru (an irish king)Rebecca Boone (american pioneer women and the wife of danielboone)
My open self-idenitiy can be described as Female, Twenty-eight years of age, Norwegian, Danish and a “mélange” of North-Eastern European races, I identify ethnically with those same cultures. And I am a proud Californian!
This was the most difficult part of the self-reflection. Discovering my blind-self-identity. I was apprehensive about what people might say. So, they did not tell me I was a monster though the word “Bossy” was thrown around by my siblings. But the comments my friends made in the left column took me off guard. I felt flattered. Specifically the comments of the “you heard me out” and “You’re the The goalie, the pitcher, you’re in charge” were touching. The Johari Window Panes system was fun to use and interesting to watch develop. What did not surprise me: extrovert I was most intrigued by being called “bold”
Using hofdtede’s value dimensions I prefer a low power distanceI have a lot of experience in a high power distance enviornment and going forward would prefer a low power distance enviornment.Between femininity or masculinity I prefer femininity. I like less gender specfic roles. My uncertainty avoidance is undeveloped. I apprecaitestructire but prefer informality. I am long-term oriented.
InKlukhons and Strodbeck’s value orientation I found myself to believe humans are basically.
My environmental upbringing, having been influenced by my ethnic and cultural backgrounds, have shaped how I communicate with others.This project has helped me gain awareness of aspects of myself I had never seen before. This type of self-assessment can change how one views Others and allows us the opportunity to change ourselves.
Conclusively, I found that I can easily approach others of different cultures. Although there sometimes is a verbal communication barrier something like a smiling can go a long way. Hope you all enjoyed getting to know me better!
Self-Reflection Presentation, Lauren A. Winklebleck
My goal in this
presentation is to
about my culture and
explain how they
shape the way I
other cultural groups.
• Reminded me of my English 1
class at West Valley College
where we read a book called
Meanderings on a Diasporic
Hybrid Ethnic Identity by: Dr.
• In it, I learned about how
multiple identities are shaped
and how they can influence
one’s outlook on other cultures
and on one’s self.
• This class is helping me
continue on my personal
journey into self-discovery.
• It is hard to look at one’s self
under a microscope and I
found it challenging and it
filled me with some fear and
• How much of what I was
taught as a child or exposed
to as a teenager has shaped
the way I communicate with
• How have I broken some of
the barriers created for me?
• This is Naomi Loe Walters Detrick.
She is my paternal Great-
• She graduated from college. She
was a teacher. Like her, my
Grandmother also went to college
and received many degrees and also
• Because of these women, other
women in my family, including
myself have learned to value
• Contrarily, my father, Naomi’s
grandson, did not value a formal
education and did not attend
college but instead learned a trade.
FIRST ASPECT OF HISTORY:
CULTURE IS LEARNED
• This is my mother, Sue Winklebleck
• Growing up, she was always reading
books about other cultures,
listening to music in other
languages, and teaching us to value
other cultures for their differences.
• Because of this wonderful woman,
and her behaviors of accepting
people of many l ethnicities,
nationalities and backgrounds, I too
have adopted a similar behavior.
• My behavior displays that I have
little problems associating and
engaging with others who may
seem dissimilar to me.
SECOND ASPECT OF HISTORY:
CULTURE IS EXPRESSED IN
• My paternal Grandmother is the person
I chose to interview about my family
• I learned that my family history
ethnically and racial speaking is
Norwegian, Danish and “Heinz 57”
• I found I am related to some famous or
infamous people such as:
• William McKinley who was the 25th
President of the United States and was
assassinated six months into his second
• Brian Boru, who was an Irish King
who ended “High Kingship” in Ireland
• Rebecca Boone an American pioneer
woman and (the wife of Daniel Boone)
FAMILY INTERVIEW AND
Here are a few ways I openly describe myself:
• Gender Identity: Female
• Age: Twenty-eight
• Racial Identity: Norwegian, Danish and a “mélange” of North-Eastern
• Ethnic Identity: Norwegian, Danish, North-Eastern European
• Regional Identity: I am a proud Californian!
• “Quiet Confidence”
• “You’re the goalie, You’re the
pitcher, You’re in charge.”
• “…you have this ability to be in
total control of chaos, despite
chaos. perfect middle child, you
can get anything done in any
condition. and you have an ever-
• “…lively, warm, and humorous.”
• “you heard me out…”
Things friends said that sur prised me
(a,k.a I think I’m going to cr y):
Feedback via Johari Window
BLIND SELF IDENTITY AND
JOHARI WINDOW PANES
Power Distance: Low
Experience in High Power (Corporations)
Prefer (going forward) Low Power (People achieving together)
I prefer less gender specific roles, value quality of life and support for all
Uncertainty Avoidance: Un-developed
I am somewhere in the middle! I appreciate structure, but prefer less formality
Long-Term/Short-Term Orientation: Long term oriented
HOFSTEDE’S VALUE DIMENSION
Human Nature: I feel humans are basically
Relationship between Humans and Nature:
Harmony between the two
Relationships between Humans: Collateral
Even though working groups can be
challenging, I value other’s ideas and think
others can contribute ideas I many not have
Preferred Personality: “Doing”
I strive to be a “being” and “growing” type of
person, but often find myself just “doing” like
Time-Oriented: Future Oriented
KLUKHOHNS AND STRODTBECK’S
• My upbringing shaped the way I
communicate with others.
• The neighborhood, city, state, and
country I grew up in all
influenced how I communicate
with others today.
• The more self-aware we are , the
more we can change those things
that we do not like about
All photos used with permission or taken by Lauren A. Winklebleck