Cultural Understanding

Scholarship Entrant: Rachel from Baltimore, Maryland
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Rachel: 1

In my sophomore year of college, I was given the opportunity to travel abroad to study the culture of a music subgenre in Japan. I traveled around Japan, attending concerts and writing ethnographies of the bands, comparing fans in different cities and translating common aspects of their culture into not only Japanese culture, but to explain it as an anthropologist.

I find the culture of the fans in this music subgenre wonderful and would love to be able to be paid to attend concerts, interact with the fans and continue translating their culture to the world. Subcultures are often firm reflections of a much larger culture and understanding other cultures is the best step to peace among people.

Vote for Rachel: 1

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