S: Jamaica Teenagers vs. American Teenagers
BC: The End.
FC: Vs. | A Day in the Life of a Teen Dylan Hicks Alex Liscio Chris Nowak
1: Table of Contents 2. Jamaican Family Life 3. American Family Life 4-5. American and Jamaican homes 6. Sleeping schedule 7. Working habits 8. Recreational activities 9. Teen marijuana usage 10. School experiences 11. Gender opportunities 12. Eating Habits 13. Etiquette
2: Jamaicans usually settle down at around age 20 to have a family and children. Grandparents, uncles, aunts and other siblings all pitch in to help with the raising of the child. Children are raised to be respectful to their elders, mannerly, and obedient. Going to church is very common on Sundays, Christianity is very common. Family life is often valued over work.
3: Children in America are not normally raised by their extended family (outside of their nuclear family.) Work is valued over family life in American families, some children are raised to be obedient to elders, but it is not emphasized. American couples are usually settling down at around mid 30s, compared to the 20s of Jamaicans.
4: An impoverished Jamaican street with a few poverty-stricken homes. | A neighborhood in America with many homes looking the same without any poverty./ This neighborhood is a little bit above average, but neighborhoods in America are more likely to look like this rather than the Jamaican homes (pictured above)
5: Jamaica is much more impoverished than America, and seeing homeless people and people lying and sleeping on the street is more common. Their industry relies a lot on tourism, as well as Marijuana and other illicit drug sales. This leaves other industry workers without much luck, and in an economic state of deprival if the tourism industry is in a slump. In total, their standard of living is much lower, and the general amount of the population is around the same state of wealth. Equivalent to our lower middle class. As the picture of the desolated street shows, this would not be an uncommon sight in Jamaica, as many parts of the country are in distraught poverty. This is shown in comparison to a normal American neighborhood, suburbia, which would never occur in Jamaica except possibly by those of the very wealthy. | In the parts of Jamaica not poverty-stricken, there are some very nice houses and hotels that the very wealthy own or people own them for tourism purposes. Pictured to the left is a very nice house in Jamaica near the beach that the owner rents out for tourism.
6: The typical American teenager sleeping in. School starts at around 8:30 in the U.S. | The typical Jamaican teenager awakes bright and early. School starts at around 7:30 in Jamaica.
7: About 1 out of 3 American teenagers work (mainly for spending money). | In Jamaica, the majority of teenagers have a part-time job (often to help support their family).
8: Americans and Jamaican teenagers enjoy many of the same recreational activities such as soccer (top right American, bottom right Jamaican) and going to the lake (top left American, bottom left Jamaican).
9: Marijuana use in Jamaica is accepted because many teenagers and adults use as part of their religion called Rastafarian. They believe it brings them closer to God. They do not use marijuana to simply, "''get high,'' it is a part of their culture. Marijuana is not widely used by American teens because it is illegal. About 6%percent of American teens smoke marijuana, while between 30- 45 percent of Jamaican teenagers smoke marijuana. Pictured to the left is a Jamaican teen smoking a "''joint,'' with marijuana plants in the background
10: The typical school experience in Jamaica is very similar to that in America. Children in Jamaica go to public or private schools from age 3-19 years old and the have the option to take college. They do not have all of the same resources or technology, but in both countries students go through about the same amount of schooling. Students are taught Spanish in school from the primary level upwards; about 40–45% of educated people in Jamaica knows some form of Spanish. In America, many teens take Spanish in class but it is optional. However, about 30% of Americans speak a foreign language. | Middle Schoolers in Jamaica have some of the same resources as Americans, but not to the same extent.
11: Gender equality in Jamaica is not the same as gender equality in America. Many women are forced into pregnancy by the age of 20 and then are forced to stay at home and do household chores while the males go out and make the money. In America, women have the same opportunities as men and it is becoming less frequent for the females to be stay-at-home moms. In America, this has changed over the last forty years. In 1970, 59 percent of males in America were receiving college degrees while 41 percent of females were. Now, 59 percent of American women receive college degrees while 41 percent of men do. | American teens graduating from college, both male and female. | A typical chicken dish a Jamaican female might make at home
12: Overall, Jamaican teenagers are healthier than American teens. Their lives are not as frantic and they don't have to rely on fast food like many American teens. 18%percent of American teens are overweight while 11 percent of Jamaican teens are obese. | A young American teen eating at Mcdonald's. | Two typical Jamaican dishes, fried bananas (left) and chicken, rice and vegetables (right).
13: Politeness and courtesy are highly valued as aspects of being "raised good in both countries." They are expressed through greetings, especially from the young to their elders. A child never "backtalks" to parents or elders. Men are expected to open doors for women and help with or perform heavy tasks. Women are expected to "serve" men in domestic contexts and, in more traditional settings, to give the adult males and guests the best part of a meal. | Two Jamaican teens politely introducing themselves to a guest at their school. | Two American teens greeting their father after a long day at work and school.