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Cultural Differences

Fair Is Fair, But Not Everywhere

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Children as young as three believe that hard work merits more reward. By the time they enter school, children are like little adults in their commitment to distributive justice. But is this impulse universal?

'When Dating, Stick To Your Race'

Geraldine Estevez | Posted 04.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Geraldine Estevez

"I could never date a woman who isn't Dominican," my friend began. Even a Puerto Rican, seemingly close in cultural traditions, was out of the questio...

Side by Side

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.18.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Somewhere Between Two Time Zones: Why My Kids Will Live a Very Different Childhood

Jennifer Legra | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Jennifer Legra

My kids are growing up Dominican. In the future they might grow up Argentinian or Croatian or Chilean and with us as their anchor, I'd like to believe they're growing up New Jerseyan too. And I hope that one day their purple flowered, daisy infused minds will see that the world is one big place full of many different childhoods. None better than the one they lived.

How The World Sleeps

Posted 03.09.2015 | Travel

Every country has its own unique and distinguishable customs. Traveling from place to place is a chance to see new sights, learn different histories a...

Lenses Limited: Do You See What I See?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

Imagine a world in which everyone is issued a pair of glasses at birth.

Every Student Needs to Have a Meaningful Cross-Cultural Exchange During Their Education

Chris Plutte | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Chris Plutte

Across every continent, thousands of youth are going online and connecting with each other, and not simply to share the latest viral video or to tweet the latest craze. Thousands of our young people are harnessing technology to take their cross-cultural education into their own hands.

That Time I Was Called an Ugly American

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.22.2015 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

About three quarters through our meal, a woman appeared at my side. There wasn't a beat between my looking up to acknowledge her and her spewing out, "You are a really rude person."

When Travel Isn't Beautiful: Explaining Tough Stuff to Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Carrie Visintainer

I was holding my six-year-old son's hand when we encountered an act of animal cruelty. It happened on a steep cement path in a tiny Mexican village, on our way to the market to buy oranges. A few steps ahead, I glimpsed the scene first.

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.

Sex, Love and Fist Pounds

Lucas Spangher | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Lucas Spangher

The more I thought about it, the more upset I got. Of course it wasn't her responsibility to give me a break; I was the guest in her culture. One of the many reasons I embarked on this voyage was to learn cultural sensitivity, not demand it from others.

'Contains Nudity': Culturally Biased Stand-Up Comedy

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Cosmin Gheorghe

Is it possible, I ask myself every year, is it possible that for 14 years in a row, the people of San Francisco are not getting tired (or nauseous, or insane, or whatever) of hosting these three shows?

Life Is Like a Salad Bowl (or Should Be!)

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.14.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

When it comes to diversity, I say it should be like a salad bowl: Each culture presents its own flavor. We need to respect the cultures of all nationalities and appreciate the differences between them in what I call the salad bowl of life.

The Point of 'Period Parties'

Uloop | Posted 10.13.2014 | College

While most teenagers await their first driver's license to signal that they have entered adulthood, I enjoyed the pleasure of the entire Indian community finding out about my internal plumbing problems. I have unofficially dubbed these awkward events as "period parties."

'I'm Right! You're Wrong!' -- 'No, I'm Right! You're Wrong!'

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Good News
Robert C. Jameson

I'm sure you have either been involved in this type of argument or have heard it going on out in the world. It just seems to be part of the human condition.

How I Discovered My American Identity

Troy Campbell | Posted 09.06.2014 | College
Troy Campbell

Many Americans never discover their American identity until they befriended non-Americans. I am one of those many. This is my story of patriotic discovery that began back when I wanted nothing to do with America and ended in the international corridor of my university.

5 Things Europeans Say About You Behind Your Back

Budget Travel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Europeans are among the world's most gracious travel hosts, rolling out a red carpet of good manners, fabulous food, and the ultimate in culture and history. But do you ever wonder what they think of you?

A Cultural Look at Body Bashing

Andrea Wachter | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

Unfortunately, I think it's pretty accurate to say that most people in our culture are dissatisfied with their body. Many people even despise their bo...

Divergent and the Gospel: Manifestos on Difference

Jacob Myers | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Jacob Myers

On March 21st droves of teenagers -- and no small number of adults -- will pour into theaters across the country to celebrate the first film installment of Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy.

A Different Philosophy, a Different Culture: And That's Why Marius the Danish Giraffe Had to Die

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Nancy Graham Holm

Zookeepers and animal park professionals throughout the world face the same critical issues: capacity and health. There are the only two methods available: contraception and euthanasia. Which one they choose depends on their culture.

Genes and Values: The Dopamine Connection

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

All cultural generalizations are wrong when it comes to individuals. We all know Europeans and Americans who are self-effacing and communitarian in their world view, and Asians who are fiercely independent. So why do some individuals conform to cultural norms and others not?

Leading Beyond Borders

Carrie Rich | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Carrie Rich

Staring into a silent audience of workshop attendees at the close of our presentation in Bosnia, I began to worry. Did they not understand our question?

7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 12.24.2014 | Travel

If you've spent time in Italy you know that life in Italy and life in America are very different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we thi...

The End of IQ (and the Dawn of Working Memory)

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

If you are proud of your high IQ, stop reading now. Your IQ is an anachronism, and its reign is coming to an end.

The Secrets To A Joyful Cross-Cultural, Inter-Faith Ceremony

JP Reynolds | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings
JP Reynolds

Many couples come to me hoping to create a ceremony that isn't specifically religious, yet acknowledges cultural and religious roots.