Broadly, social heritage of a group (organized community or society). It is a pattern of responses discovered, developed, or invented during the group's history of handling problems which arise from interactions among its members, and between them and their environment. These responses are considered the correct way to perceive, feel, think, and act, and are passed on to the new members through immersion and teaching. Culture determines what is acceptable or unacceptable, important or unimportant, right or wrong, workable or unworkable. It encompasses all learned and shared, explicit or tacit, assumptions, beliefs, knowledge, norms, and values, as well as attitudes, behavior, dress, and language. See also organizational culture.

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  • While we all come from different ethnic backgrounds, our goal is to build a cooperative and harmonious work culture so that everyone can feel comfortable here.

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  • The American culture values independence, initiative and sturdy self-reliance, perhaps because of our treasured history of pioneers developing a new land.

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  • Lamont and I often deeply and respectfully discuss important topics that others often find to be taboo or difficult to talk about with others, such as stereotypes that people associate with African American culture.

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