Cultural Values: Different but Equal

 perceive: interpret or look on (someone or something) in a particular way; regard as. : "if Guy does not perceive himself as disabled, nobody else should." "Some geographers perceive hydrology to be a separate field of scientific inquiry."
 stereotype: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. : "the stereotype of the woman as the carer" "sexual and racial stereotypes".
 erroneous: wrong; incorrect. : "Employers sometimes make erroneous assumptions". Synonyms: wrong, incorrect

Alone in the Dominican Republic:

 odd:  different from what is usual or expected; strange. : "The neighbours thought him very odd." "It's odd that she didn't recognize me." Synonyms: strange, peculiar, weird, unusual
 assume: suppose to be the case, without proof. : "You're afraid of what people are going to assume about me." "It is reasonable to assume that such changes have significant social effects." "They were assumed to be foreign." Synonyms: suppose, presume, infer
 gesture: a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning. : "Alex made a gesture of apology". Synonym: sign, signal, indication

Just a Cultural Misunderstanding:
 cordial: warm and friendly. : "The atmosphere was cordial and relaxed".
 grasp: understand, comprehend.
 compliance: the action or fact of complying with a wish or command. "They must secure each other's cooperation or compliance".
 deeply-rooted: firmly fixed.

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