Culture has such a dramatic impact on our lives. When we were born we had no bias or prejudices. From the first moment, we are surrounded with love, isolation, or possibly fear. From that moment forward we begin to form opinions about others and ourselves. Throughout our lives these ideas gets reinforced and even come with us into adulthood. Sometimes they are subconscious and other times; they are consciously reinforced by society. For example: women are bombarded with ads that define beauty as thin.
Cultural messages also impact us in the workplace. Asians are taught to be humble and respect authority. These are great virtues but in the work place they are played out as not talking in public meetings or constructively challenging the boss or people in higher positions. This gives them a disadvantage in a Euro-centric work environment where sharing your opinion and providing feedback is expected.