Cultural differences

Cultural differences can manifest themselves in ways people never consider until they cross from one culture to another. In this clip, refugees from Sudan encounter America for the first time, and find it quite different from their homeland. This is from the 2006 National Geographic movie God Grew Tired of Us.


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14 comments to Cultural differences

  • hbshrimp

    reminds me of i book a read in college-“the middle of everywhere” by mary pipher and the struggles refugees had that were sent to live in nebraska

  • She says...

    I’d like to know who set them up with American junk food. I didn’t see any fresh fruit, fresh produce. *sigh*

  • Richard

    These are some of the “Lost Boys” who have been relocated to the U.S. to get away from the wars going on in their home country. There is a group living in Atlanta who are supported by local churchs and other volunteers. There is a poignant story about one of the boys opening up a large can expecting to find it full of chicken, but it was a can of Crisco with a picture of fried chicken on the label…

  • Sander

    So glad you posted this Jonco. I actually was scrolling through Netflix documentaries and saw the title and just dismissed it as another religious zealot documentary especially with a title like “God Grew Tired of Us.” Now I’ll make sure to watch it.

  • Came to thank you for posting this then saw Sanders comment. I will go watch it now.

  • crispy

    That’s really sad, where they talk about how unfriendly people are. I sometimes feel that way. We never spoke to most of our neighbors. Never knew their names.

    It’s strange that there is so much violence, dreadful violence in so many African countries, and yet the Africans I’ve met have been such beautiful people. Granted, the ones I met were the ones with the resources and connections to get out of Africa.

  • Minimauve

    I was horrified to hear that people were unfriendly to these lost young men. It’s terrible that there are places where skin colour and accents make someone a leper. Was there no place the US that would have been a better choice for resettlement of these young men? In Canada we have settlement workers and church organizations that focus on helping immigrants find their way around. And you can knock on our doors without having the cops round. Thanks for the eye-opener, Jonco. I want to see the whole documentary now.

  • Gary

    Thank you Jonco, I definitely want to see the whole movie now.

  • Sander

    I actually had time to watch the whole video posted above now. Getting personal here, this is very much similar to how my parents felt. They immigrated to the US just a year before I was born. I heard many stories very similar to this. Granted we’re of Asian descent which is more accepted than African descent in America, the struggles are the same. My parents living situation back in the old country is very much 3rd world. Toilets were new, pre-packaged foods were new, etc. There’s even a story about when they were on the plane over another refugee tried to eat the steaming napkin that they give you on the plane cause they figured it was hot so therefore it must have been cooked and is edible. At least these Sudanese spoke English, it’s a new language altogether for my family.

  • Most intriguing. I really didn’t get the neighborhood meeting part – seriously? That still happens to you over there?

  • Having watched the whole thing now I can say this, grab a box of tissue first! This was one of the must gut wrenchingly sad things I have ever seen. But the end will kinda make you want to stand up and cheer. What amazing young men!

  • Hakker

    Hey we do have things in common though. Even they say airplane food is rubbish!

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