I need to make an essay about my family culture but I am stuckHi! This is a little silly to ask but I thought I would give it a shot..but I am stuck on my essay about my culture and my heritage for...

I need to make an essay about my family culture but I am stuck

Hi! This is a little silly to ask but I thought I would give it a shot..but I am stuck on my essay about my culture and my heritage for sociology. The problem is, my family is so secretive..so what am I suppost to write about? I at least need two pages so it really isn't that bad at all. but still stuck because there really isn't much information at all about my family,period. Does anyone by any chance have a suggestion on how I can maybe stretch my essay out to make it long enough? I know that its about me and my culture so I don't expect much..i just need some suggestions if any...

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We might be able to help, but we would really need to know what your culture and heritage are so that we could give specific advice.

I don't think that you really need to talk to your family (if they really are that secretive) about your culture.  Presumably you know where your family is from (like what country).  If so, then go and research stuff about that country's culture and maybe about how people from that country came to whereever you are.  In other words, if you can't get stuff about your specific family (and they might tell you if you asked), you could at least have generic information about typical people "like" you.

megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You recently learned that you are French and Welch, okay that's a very good start as for tying things into your family culture. First, if you are currently living in the United States you can research or inquire about your family's immigration to the U.S. If they continue to be secretive, then research to see why other people from those countries may have immigrated here specifically during the time yours did.

Also, read about the cultural norms of those countries and see how they relate to your experiences growing up in your family, and how they relate to your family, beliefs, and practices now.

drrab eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ok I think the first few posts are fine. Here is something else you can consider. Why are they secretive? And are they really secretive or is what you are calling "secretive" really a cultural respect for "privacy." You could actually write quite a few paragraphs on that alone. For example, during the Victorian era there were many topics "one simply did not discuss", family or not. What is the relative age of your family-those you are trying to interview. Maybe you can ask more general questions to them and then extrapolate how their behavior fits into the broader culture.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Do you mean that your family is secretive and they don't want you to talk about them, or that you don't know about them?  I would consider exploring why your family is secretive.  This likely has a very interesting story behind it, and would be a unique twist on this essay topic.  Consider:

When did the secrecy start?

How does the secrecy manifest itself?

What breaks with secrecy have there been?  What do you think caused them?

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Is it possible to write about your heritage through examples of other families who share your cultural background?  In this way, it might be less personal (you won't be revealing any "family secrets") but you could still be giving insight and information into a culture and a heritage that you share with others.

tabiekat | Student

thank you both for yall's help! You guys had given me an idea. I might just have to write about generic information like what pohnpei had said. I have talked to my grandparent on my mother and fathers side already..still not enough info.. BUT they had given me a little more information that I wasn't aware about..I had learned that I am French and Welch hehehe ;)