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Cultural Differences

'Contains Nudity': Culturally Biased Stand-Up Comedy

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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 08.14.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | College
Uloop

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 08.07.2014 | 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 12.30.2013 | 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.

Bring Home These Cultural Souvenirs

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.19.2013 | Travel

You can hoard all the shot glasses you want on your next trip, but they’re not going to guide you to a higher echelon of personal fulfillment. T...

The Culture Code

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Ricardo B. Salinas

The combination of experience and emotion produces what is known as imprint: once it is created, it conditions our mental processes, determining our future behavior. The combination of all our imprints define us as people.

Prepare for Cultural Warfare After Supreme Court Decisions

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Deborah J. Levine

With the flurry of recent decisions on gay marriage and voting rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has delighted many, infuriated others, and confused most...

Grandma for a Day

Irene Tanner | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

My son has two dogs. My daughter has two cats. So that is the best I can claim in the grandchildren department. Most of my friends are my children's a...

Judge Me Not By the Texture of My Hair But By the Content of My Character

Damona Hoffman | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices
Damona Hoffman

When I was born with a caramel hue and a head full of dark, wavy hair, my mother proclaimed, "My prayers were answered. You got the long hair like Betty.

Bridging the East-West Divide: My Experience at NYU Abu Dhabi

James Zogby | Posted 03.28.2013 | World
James Zogby

I would marvel at the students' optimism, their vision, and their instinctive sense of collaboration. And I would feel confident that they might very well be the generation to heal the divides that they inherited from the generations that had preceded them.

Why We Should Stop Trying To Emulate The Young

Dinah Berland | Posted 03.09.2013 | Fifty
Dinah Berland

Now that the population of healthy, active post-50 members is expected to expand exponentially in years to come, perhaps we have the power to take the lead in turning the tide toward more fulfilling futures for ourselves and, in so doing, also become models for growing older with dignity.

Not All Celebrate Dead with Food

Elio Leturia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Elio Leturia

Celebrating death, especially with food, seemed so strange to me as South American Latino. When I asked about this to my Mexican friends they said that it was a way to celebrate the life that the dead person had had in this world.

Respecting the Work of Others

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Rayanne Thorn

I put my book down when my curiosity got the better of me. "Are you just doodling?" I stupidly asked. She looked up at me and weighed me very carefully before answering. "No, this is money."

VIDEO: Do The French Dislike Americans?

Kate Thomas | Posted 10.16.2012 | Travel
Kate Thomas

I so often hear from friends at home in the U.S. that they feel the French are cold, arrogant and standoffish... So, being a travel journalist, I thought the subject warranted a video about this age-old, cultural misconception between Americans and the French: Do the French Dislike Americans?

A Mummy in Chicago

Elio Leturia | Posted 08.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Elio Leturia

Eugene Davis could never have thought he would end up like an Egyptian. Mummified. This citizen of Blue Island, 17 miles south of Chicago, was found dead last May 22 on the floor of his home, near his bed, mummified--without being embalmed.