Understanding Cultures (broaden your thinking)

When I read Grace's research about the tradition of shark fin soup, it really interested me that she decided to look at the issue from a cultural  standpoint and not just an environmental one. Grace taught us that it is important to understand Chinese culture when tackling the issue of shark finning. I immediately made a connection to the post that I did about the Lucky Iron Fish project. Christopher Charles has reflected that the success of the Lucky Iron Fish was due to his understanding of Cambodian culture. When dealing with issues that concern a culture (in this case, shark finning and iron deficiency) it is important to understand said culture on a deep level to create change.

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I think that the cultural aspect of all of these projects is important, because you can't just say what they are doing is bad, because it may just be what they have grown up with, and changing something that you have done all you're life is very difficult. if you think about if someone came and told us watching TV was bad, we wouldn't change right away, and it would be very difficult, because we are so seed to it. I really think that realizing that is important, and i think you made a great point about having to understand their culture on a deeper level to create change.

I enjoy occasions in which cultural understanding is applied to science. The story of the Lucky Iron Fish is just one example of how implementing innovations requires broad knowledge of certain culture's ideologies, customs, and values, in addition to scientific study. As we maneuver into the future said knowledge will become ever so significant.

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