Blogs

May 19, 2016
What is Anthropology?

When I tell people I meet that I’m an anthropologist, I sometimes get a blank stare in return. Occasionally someone will ask if I’ve dug up any cool artifacts lately...

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March 23, 2016
What is Culture Shock?

The first time I lived abroad, in Argentina, I wrote an excited letter to an old friend. "I am living in a place that is very similar to the States...

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February 24, 2016
Low- and High-Context Communication

One morning during my fieldwork in Mexico, the dog dragged my freshly washed dress off the line and into the mud. I swore at him under my breath, and a...

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January 13, 2016
Individualism and Collectivism

When my friends in Mexico migrate within the country, they always go to places where they have family or townspeople. Even if they’ve heard that jobs are more plentiful elsewhere,...

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December 9, 2015
Linguistic Differences Around the U.S.

It’s easy to assume that cultures correspond to countries, but the reality is much more complex, and the same is true for languages. You probably know, for instance, that Spanish...

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October 30, 2015
Perspective-Taking Skills Essential for Workforce Diversity

Imagine that you are in charge of promoting diversity within your organization. You promptly start recruiting people with diverse backgrounds, and initially achieve some success. But not long after you...

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October 5, 2015
To Attract and Retain Millennial Talent, Develop Your Perspective-Taking Skills

Suppose you have a young employee, Emily, who has been on the job for just a month. She has been working hard on a marketing report, putting in long hours....

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September 29, 2015
Cultural Differences Around the U.S.

About twelve years ago, a friend yelled at me for what he saw as constant interruptions. "You never let me finish talking," he said. I was confused. When had I...

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April 17, 2015
Top Five Tips for Working with an Interpreter

If you ever have to work with people who don’t speak any of the same languages as you, you will probably have to use an interpreter to make yourself understood....

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February 20, 2015
Rapport and Local Languages (as posted on DLNSEO Culture Ready blog)

February 3, 2015 Alelo's Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Ph.D. has posted a blog entry on the Defense Language and National Security Education Office's (DLNSEO) "Culture Ready" web-site. The article discusses the positive...

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