Cultural Knowledge & Cultural Awareness

You have cultural knowledge when you are familiar with the cultural characteristics, history, values, belief systems, social norms, and behaviors of another ethnic or cultural group.

Cultural knowledge has five main elements:

Cultural knowledge is certainly very important. But having only cultural knowledge is not enough — you need to have cultural awareness as well. Having cultural awareness means you recognize and understand that everyone has different values shaped by their diverse cultural backgrounds.

Cultural awareness is the next stage to understanding other groups, because they usually involve internal changes in terms of attitudes and values. Cultural awareness is important because it:

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