Cultural Cages – Do you see yours?

Mar 07

Cultural Cages – Do you see yours?

“Most of us are locked up pretty tightly inside our “cultural cages”, and it’s the rare person that even BEGINS to see this about himself.” - a short quote from my “About” page. People have asked me about this thing that I call “cultural cages”, so I wanted to see if I could develop a clear description here, and apply it to ourselves and to those...

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Trash!? It’s loaded with meaning

Dec 15

Trash!? It’s loaded with meaning

I live in a place where my definition of “trash” doesn’t work any longer. My definition of “gross” and “ugly” are even starting to suffer under the pressure of conflicting views. I’ve written elsewhere about ethnocentrism, proving that I’m at least AWARE of the tendency to view things inaccurately due to ignorance...

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Culture Happens – Culture Shocks

Nov 16

Culture Happens – Culture Shocks

Culture Happens. Culture Shocks. The person experiencing culture shock is often unable to identify it as such. They know something’s wrong, but what is it? They look in the mirror and say, “That’s not me! I don’t act like that! What in the world is going on?” Soon after that, they say, “Get me outta here… NOW!” The...

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6 Things I Love about India

Oct 31

6 Things I Love about India

Culture happens. What? Yeah, I said, ‘culture happens’! It means that what you see around you – ALL AROUND YOU – is a reflection and demonstration of the values, priorities and beliefs of the people living there. Here are some things about the people and culture of Indian that I really enjoy: 1)      Respect for elders. It’s wonderful to see the high...

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A Little Coffee; a Lot of Trauma

Jun 22

Deep feelings of inadequacy, misunderstanding and loneliness are an inevitable part of an expat’s journey toward becoming connected in their new world. Niamh, a new friend of mine, tells us about a “little misunderstanding” – the kind we’re all bound to run into – that pretty much ripped her heart out, and sent her retreating from the enthusiastic hope of...

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