Essay about Cultural Differences Between Deaf And Hearing Culture

924 Words Nov 24th, 2014 4 Pages
Many Americans may assume that the only difference between Deaf and Hearing culture is that one can hear and the other cannot. However, this assumption is very far from the truth. Although both cultures exist in the U.S. they are both very different from one another. The purpose of this paper is to share my experience of how I felt spending time within a culture that was not my own as well as applying the taxonomy of Hofstede’s six value dimensions to make a cross cultural comparison of both cultures.
I chose to attend the MATA (Mobile Agents for Telecommunications Applications) Expo USA with my daughter on November 8th, 2014 to learn more about Deaf culture. The MATA Expo was held at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach. Additionally, I found out about this event from Jeremy Rogers an Asl professor at Mount San Jacinto College. What is the MATA Expo? According to the MATA Expo website, the MATA Expo is a multicultural event as well as, an international social-media enterprise expo. It is somewhat like a tradeshow and allows corporations, organizations, and individuals to promote their products and services. Thousands of people attend this event and it supports expanding the multicultural awareness in the public society. A variety of people attend this event, including the Deaf and Hard of hearing along with Sign Language users, Asl students and the hearing community. The Mata Expo travels around the world, and next year they will be holding the…

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