One particular assignment has stuck with me. We were asked to select a culture that we felt we did not like and study it. At the ripe old age of 25, I was a non-traditional student - had served in the Air Force - lived in different cultures. I thought I was pretty sophisticated. It was a bit shocking to have to admit that I did not like a whole culture. I grew up under the influence of WWII Veterans. The Vietnam War raged before my eyes. My intercultural experiences were not so broad - Greenland and Spain. To put it delicately, I had no appreciation of Asian Culture. So, I chose to study Japan.
While I still have not traveled to an Asian country, that single assignment was life altering. I gained a sense of continuity, ancestry, and personal spiritual growth. Most important, I have carried a belief that there are wonderful things to be gained from really examining how someone different travels this earth. There are many paths. We can all benefit from exploration.