The deaf man notices his car is new, and asks him in sign language how much he paid for his new car. The hearing man cant understand sign language so the deaf man proceeds to write down, how much you pay? on a piece of paper. After the hearing man reads the paper, he gives the deaf man a disapproving look and walks inside his home. The deaf man is left confused, wondering what it was he had done to make this neighbor walk away, considering he thought they were friends. This is one perfect example of the differences between deaf and hearing cultures. Deaf people tend to share more information with their friends than hearing people do. Since hearing americans have more of a competitive outlook on things, the hearing man felt as though it wasnt polite to ask how much he paid for something whereas a deaf person would be happy to share this kind of information if it means it might help other deaf people to get good deals on cars.
Another way hearing and deaf cultures vary is by the way they give and receive feedback. Since a lot of what hearing people say to others involves a certain tone or attitude when its said, there can be some confusion on what youre trying to say, especially when its indirect. With deaf people, their main focus is on their facial expressions, body language, and body movement. They tend to be more direct in their feedback, if something is wrong they will tell you what it is, or what you did. whereas, in a hearing culture we used the sandwich approach in order to spare the other persons feelings. Which means we say something positive, then negative, and then positive again. This approach can be prefered by some, but to the deaf people this can come off misleading or confusing. Deaf people have a view of if you can see it, you can comment on it, this is completely opposite to american hearing culture where we would most likely ignore it or pretend its not apparent. This is shown in the skit where two women run into each other outside a grocery store. Overall, hearing and deaf cultures vary, from the way they communicate, view privacy, share information, as well as the way they make comments and give feedback to others. American deaf culture emphasizes a more collectivist approach to life, whereas hearing Americans prefer a more individualist approach.