I expected the people to have an ethnocentric assumption which they considered that their religion was the best religion. However, this was not the case, and many efforts are taken to show that they welcomed newer people. Some of the fears were exaggeration and not real. They did not reflect on the extreme members of the group. I also made a friend in that place. The overall experience was different from the preconceived stereotype that I had developed in my mind. From my viewpoint, I would consider the people to be very friendly and amiable. They were open to newer members and the whole process enabled in gaining a newer perspective. The mutual respect that was given to the members enabled in gaining comprehension of the fact that people were all the same.
Target culture that is to be explored is the Catholic Christian culture. This was a newer culture to me and I wanted to explore about the culture in order to understand about people (Sue and Sue, 1990). The target culture can be defined as a connotation that is made with an unfamiliar group of people (Martin & Nakayama, 2010). This is used to understand about the public services and the imminent impact that would arise from not understanding the culture of the place.
In this schema, I was the non-dominant position (Bochner, 2013). The people who have been coming to the church have more interaction with the members. It is evident that the people want to maintain a long-term relationship. They spoke about their children and the other places where they had seen them. It is evident that the people were known to each other for a long time. This made its obvious that I was from a different culture. There were a lot of discussions that were done in this paradigm.
A number of important definition and stereotypes were provided. I tried my best to be neutral. However, I could not help, but develop stereotypes. This development is a cognitive process that seems to be embedded in people. In this case, I expected the people to be more rigid. On a subconscious level, I was a little scared that the people would reject me and not speak to me. I felt like the person who is from a different culture and expected the people to treat me differently. This is a general fear that I have. I am not proficient in the language and I try to ensure that I do not use any words or gestures that could be perceived as being rude to the people.