Culture Shock and Duck Dynasty

The video I am about to share with you is connected to a part of my life from 2001 - 2004 when I lived in the south of the USA. Culture shock was inevitable. Having a guy move from behind me to quickly open a door in front of me so I could go through was a new example in chivalry to me.  I remember being confused and shocked the first few times doors were opened for me.  Still it seems to be something that I have not quite experienced as much else where in the world.  On base in Hawaii I was  leaving a building a step ahead of Andy from the Bachelor (remember the Navy officer?). I was struggling with a door while carrying my baby and my shopping bag and thought he might help me with the door, instead of waiting for me to figure it out on my own.  Still to this day I just assume he was really stressed out that day or trying to not run into crazed bachelor fans as a reason for his  monetary aloofness.  It is just another facet of my life where its interesting to see how cultures differ and what is expected in one country may not be so in another.  

WILLIE ROBERTSON AT HARDING UNIVERSITY


A friend shared this video of Willie Robertson, from Duck Dynasty, talking last year during chapel at Harding University. This is the school that I went to after high school graduation to pursue a major in theatre with a minor in missions. It is located in small town of Searcy, outside Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a town where I met my husband, where we got married, and where I gave birth to our first son. 


To be fair I do not usually mention Arkansas as one of the places I have lived in the US. No offense to any of my readers from 'the Natural State' because my Uni campus was like a whole other world inside. It is referred to as the 'Harding Bubble'. A private christian university in a dry county (forbids the sale of alcohol) it was not the same college experience by those who may have gone to a state school for their college years.  Instead of fraternities or sororities we had social clubs, which were essentially the same thing without extreme hazing, drinking, or dancing.  My favourite thing about this school was its focus on missions as I grew up in small missionary based churches in europe.  Thanks to Harding I was able to do an overseas summer mission to Australia and through its connections to Let's Start Talking, my husband and I went to Thailand. 

 I am a believer in fate and it is why I know my husband and I were meant to meet each other during my freshman year. I had found out about this university initially from other Harding alum as they visited my church in Italy, or stayed at our house, while spending a semester at one of the Harding's overseas campuses. They have one in Florence and one in Greece and there always seemed to be someone sporting a Harding t-shirt or ball cap through out my time in Europe.  It is how I found out about the summer camp, near the university, that I attended during my high school years.

To bring this back to the video above, I have not yet watched the show Duck Dynasty.  The whole world of the south, the love of hunting, wearing camo to any occasion aside from military life, and sporting any clothing or head pieces that bare the American flag have always seemed a bit foreign to me. To the fact that the last time I was in the south at a Walmart I counted how many people were wearing camo as a game to pass the time.  To be honest if someone were to tell me they were taking me hunting my mind would be first to envision men wearing an outfit that included tweed plus fours, a waist coast, jacket and cap. Plus dogs would be acquired as well on the walk through the country.  Then again I lived in England twice as a small girl and grew up having photos of the royal family on my dresser. 


When my friend posted the video I felt inclined more to watch it because of my connection to Harding and I was interested to see why Willie Robertson had been asked to speak in chapel.  As I listened I found out he had attended Harding too and from there I was intrigued to hear his story.  I have to say it was his words, his heart, and his personality in the chapel presentation that has made me want to watch Duck Dynasty now.  Or at least to see a few episodes to see if the man I saw speaking at my university is portrayed the same in the show. From the words he spoke about being true to yourself, I would assume my presumption would be correct.  From talking to my mum, who likes the show, and thinking 'ehhh, thats not really my cup of tea' to being surprised has made enough of an impression on me to write a blog post about it. 

Q: Have you seen this show and did you like or dislike it? Why?  Or share with me a moment you were surprised in another culture, from your former preconceived notions.


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3 comments:

  1. i grew up in michigan and illinois and then moved during high school to oklahoma. i was so shocked by the 'country' (i lived in a tiny country town) way of living. cowboy hats and boots to school, carrying the large lasso ropes to football games and practicing behind the bleachers, gun racks on the pick up trucks. it was all so shocking to me to even move to the other side of the country!

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  2. When we went to South Carolina from Utah, we had culture shock. And then my husband had to go to Missouri, and they would shoot wild boar in the back yard and roast it over a pit. Weird!

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  3. I have seen the show; and out of all the reality shows it has to be one of my favorites. I live in the south, was born here - and yet I still don't consider myself a 'southerner' because I group up in central Florida (farthest south you can go and still be in the north, hehe)so I don't think I could ever live like they do, but there is something to be said for thier way of living. One, you can see the ingenuity of a 'redneck'; which is something a lot of people don't pick up on when they hear that southern drawl and see the dirty hands - but imagine if you will that something needs to be done; a redneck will look around to see what is on hand to make something to achieve what they need. No need to depend on others to get what you need, when you can do it all yourself. What you get is hunting, fishing, and pieced together cars that probably wouldn't pass any EPA regulations but get you from point A to point B.

    But I digress - the show plops you in that world a bit. I have only watched it a couple of times, but every time I do, I enjoy seeing the world in which they live. Yes, they are true to themselves - and for the most part they don't take themselves too seriously, which is refreshing :-)

    Melanie
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