Ye Sl Wang 1. Why do you think this issue is relevant to this topic, customs and tradition? 2. What does it imply about William’s experiences? 3. What do we learn about life in Malawi/Africa from this issue? 4. What implications does this issue have on the way we view cultures other than our own? First of all, there is a major difference between custom and tradition. The difference is that custom is a type of behavior that you do regularly, but tradition is all about words that you speak or pass on. The issue that this essay is going to discuss about is the oral story telling. Oral story telling is the story that has been passed down from the previous generation to the next generation. The oral story telling may affect many people’s viewpoints by shaping a strong belief about the cultures or tradition, and this issue is relevant to customs and tradition because custom and tradition are usually created through many people talking. This issue implies that William’s ways of thinking or perspective has been affected by whatever father has been telling him about or whatever adults around him have been talking about. His perspectives are shaped by other adults’ viewpoints. Through exploring the issue, we may get some ideas about Malawi or Africa that the new generation is widely affected by the oral story telling from previous generation. Through what other people say, I know what kind of culture this country, Thailand, has. For example, before I come to Thailand, many people in Korea and Singapore used to tell me that in Thailand, King is highly respected, so I was very touched by the patriotism. Before hearing about the cultures, I had a wrong belief about Thailand that many people are rude to others and have no solicitude. However, after hearing about Thai cultures from other’s oral story telling, I learned that my belief was wrong. In another word, whatever other people talked about shaped my perspectives.