Ethnic and Cultural Influences on Marriage and Familie
Culture includes many things: language, customs, religion, and history. Culture can significantly influence individuals, marriages, and families. Ethnic and cultural traditions and expectations can affect how we view men, women, children, adults, marriage, family, and so forth. Culture may influence our views about roles, responsibilities, appropriate/inappropriate behavior, communication (with those inside and outside our culture), etc. Please watch Chapter 1-7 (beginning to 35:00)Answer the following questions as they relate to the influence of Greek culture as portrayed in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Also answer the questions about the influence of your own cultural heritage.
1. In the film, what are the expectations, roles, and responsibilities of women and men?
The expectations for Greek women is that they are stay at home mothers. For Greek men,
they work and provide for their families. Men are they breadwinners and the women are
the caretakers. Greek women should marry Greek men.
2. Based on the film clips and your observations, how is “family” defined in Greek culture?
Family is defined is that everyone is there for each other. In the film, the families own
their own businesses. Tula asked her aunt if she could work for her and her aunt told her
yes because she is family. Another definition of family is when Tula was going to present
her future in-laws to meet her parents, her mother invited all of the family.
3. What is the place/importance of marriage and family for those of Greek heritage? Are
there certain conditions or expectations regarding marriage?
It is very important for a Greek women to get married and to have a family. Greek men
should marry a Greek women. In the Greek Orthodox Church, if you are non-Greek
Orthodox, you have to be baptized in order to marry in the Greek Orthodox Church....