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Cross-Cultural Dynamics



Culture is all the assumptions, expectations, and shared history that make up “the way we do things.” It’s reflected in everything we do, in all the ways we dress, act, speak, move, and interact with each other. And it doesn’t just happen at the national level—every single people group, no matter how large or small, adopts its own culture, even down to our own family of origin. A lot of friction can happen in relationships—whether work, social, or familial—when miscommunications, misunderstandings, or full-on disagreements appear because of our cultural differences, especially when certain expectations appear unexpectedly or are so ingrained that we feel it is ridiculous—or offensive—when others challenge them. Holding onto our own values and identity while honoring the values and identities of those around us is a process that takes care, compassion, and self-examination.

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The Indigenous Artist Using Performance to Preserve Tradition

Raul Baltazar uses sculpture, video, and performance art to bridge indigenous and Western cultures. As a fine artist and a mentor to incarcerated youth, Baltazar brings his art into public spaces to open up new perspectives.

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The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why

A “landmark book” (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the American Psychological Association) by one of the world's preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not “hard-wired” but a function of culture.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: My Very Muslim Christmas

On the one hand, Americans see themselves as the great international melting pot that welcomes huddled masses of all religions and ethnic backgrounds. On the other hand, they’re terrified that too much diversity mixed in the pot will dilute our white Christian majority.

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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe Teaches Us How to Talk to People Who Don’t Believe in Climate Change

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy.

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The Future of the Mormon Church? It’s Latino

Latinos are the fastest-growing group in the Church. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Latino wards (congregations) more than doubled.

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The Creative Process of a Master Artist | William Kentridge | TEDxJohannesburgSalon

Virtuoso artist William Kentridge treats the TEDxJohannesburg audience to a masterclass on his creative process. William’s practice is born out of a cross-fertilisation between mediums and genres.

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6 Tips for Navigating Intercultural Relationships

Although people all around can communicate in the language of love, differences in culture contribute to things getting lost in translation. Unless your life exists on the set of a Disney movie, love and an open mind are not enough to overcome the issues that arise in intercultural relationships.

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