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[12 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]

The Ebo tribe in Nigeria frowns upon praising relatives, friends and acquaintances.  Showering someone with verbal sentiments of love, appreciation, respect, etc. occurs less frequently than in many other cultures.  It is thought that such praise will “go to  one’s head.”  Rather, caring is evidenced by action.  It is in the sometimes dull, but constant, loyal and dedicated presence and support of one for another that love is evidenced.  To the Ebo tribe in Nigeria, LOVE IS A VERB.

Cultural Differences, Many Forms of Slavery, Men & Women, Tolerance »

[29 May 2009 | 53 Comments | ]

In India, and in some parts of the Muslim world, marriage is entered into much like a Business Agreement (contract) is entered into in the United States.  Under US law, in order for a contract to be binding, it must include four components:  An Offer, Acceptance, Competency, and Consideration (the exchange of value.)  An offer must be presented and accepted.  The parties entering into the Agreement must be mentally competent and of an age of accountability.  Something of value must be exchanged.
In seeking marriage:
The process of Sourcing for  the contract …

Cultural Differences, Defining Root Problems, Men & Women, The Face of America, Tolerance »

[27 May 2009 | 37 Comments | ]

Praise to President Obama who is remaking the face of government to reflect the face of America. Yesterday, he announced that he will nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. A federal appeals judge in New York, she is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. Raised in the Bronx, she was educated at Yale University. Her professional background exceeds that of Supreme Court Justices before her, including work as a former prosecutor in NY. Sonia Sotomayor will bring real-world life experience to the decision-making that shapes our nation.

Of course, the politicos and racists are out in number- seeking minutiae to grasp hold of and contort. It seems that statements indicating her Latino background will enable her to be a more well-rounded, culturally aware decision maker are threatening to some. There is contention by some that these types of statements present a reverse discrimination of sorts. Read more….

Cultural Differences, Economic Opportunity, Eyes of Children, Global Creativity »

[25 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

On The Way to School..
International student exchange offers a fabulous way for our world to share its beautiful cultural differences.   Many countries require students to serve one or two years in the military after school.  Imagine what a beautiful world we could have if instead all countries required its students to travel one or two summers to study in another culture!
There are many different opportunities for students to visit and study in other countries.  Here is some information for American students and students from other countries who are interested in expanding their world horizons.
American …

Cultural Differences, Economic Opportunity, Eyes of Children, The Face of America »

[25 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

As she stood churning, her private parts ached in pain from the red hot chili peppers that had been forced into the unspeakable parts of her body that morning as punishment for “talking back.”  On that sun-drenched afternoon in I’satta’s small village in Liberia, West Africa, the women churned cream from goats milk and talked about what life in the United States would be like.   Early that morning, Okie Tall had returned to the village from a coveted trip to New York City.  All in the village were in …

Cultural Differences, Global Creativity »

[23 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Watch Naria Inri Magaria (NIM), a group of bulgarian artists who use fire dancing, fire spinning and stiltwalking to create beauty..

Cultural Differences, Global Creativity »

[10 May 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Do you have a verse you would add to a World Song? Contribute it here, and two years from today we will set aside one hour for the world to sing in unison. Let me know if you would like to be a country organizer for this great event. We all have the power to manifest the beauty of the diversity of our world symphony.

Cultural Differences, Defining Root Problems, The Face of America »

[8 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

There is a piece of fancy footwork known as the “diplomatic shuffle” to Americans who work overseas. It refers to the fact that in many countries, the circles of personal space that people are comfortable with are much smaller. For example, when someone from an Asian country speaks to an American, they often stand closer to the American than the American is comfortable with. This causes the American to shuffle backwards. The Asian then shuffles forwards, to maintain the circle of personal space that they are comfortable with. The American, personal space violated, shuffles backwards again. This continues until the American’s back hits a wall and s/he begins to perspire with discomfort. Click above to read full article….

Cultural Differences, Global Creativity, Heroes, Taxi Driver Wisdom »

[29 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

See this great music video that combines music from musicians across the world with words that are true for everyone, everywhere. Let’s stand by each other.

Cultural Differences, Defining Root Problems, Men & Women »

[11 Apr 2009 | 12 Comments | ]

A dog wags its tail when it is happy.  A cat wags its tail when it is angry or upset.   Is it any wonder they don’t get along?
Most of us assume we are understood, that we understand others-  that when words are communicated carefully, accurate meaning is conveyed.  Most of us further believe that our actions speak as plainly as words.   But actions can be fuzzy.
Cultural differences impact actions.  And actions are understood in the context of cultural norms.  Unlike the translation of words, the cultural norms supporting actions are …