Category Archives: American culture

What Makes You Awesome? Selling Yourself in the American Workplace

The ability to “sell yourself” with confidence is a key skill for success in American culture. American culture focuses on the individual. In interviews, performance reviews, meetings and presentations, people are are expected to “sell” themselves by stressing individual, quantifiable … Continue reading

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Conflicting ethics across cultures

Differences in morals and ethics can lead to a great deal of cross cultural conflict.  How a culture applies morals and ethics can be described as either Universalist or Particularist. Particularist or Universalist? Latin, African, and Asian cultures are Particularist. … Continue reading

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The Expat Family: Kids at School

Expats families relocating to the US may be familiar with the bureaucratic and administrative side of sending their children to American schools. But how will American culture influence your child’s education? Many expats are surprised to find that the values … Continue reading

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Should Physicians Tell Patients the Truth?

Many Western doctors believe it is best to give full disclosure to patients regarding the diagnosis, treatment options and potential outcomes of severe or life threatening illnesses. This is considered the patient’s right to autonomy. While patient autonomy is held … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible For The Message?

Good communication is a culturally-bound concept. What is appropriate and effective in one culture may not be so in another. However, regardless of culture, all communication carries a message. But who is responsible for making sure that message gets transmitted? … Continue reading

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Conducting Cross Cultural Interviews

An interviewer who makes decisions based only on his own cultural ideas may miss out on talented applicants who may not fit into his framework. Areas for miscommunication in the interview process include: Group v individual orientation American culture focuses … Continue reading

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Hispanics and Asians: 2 Tiers at Work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanics comprise 50% of the foreign-born labor force and Asians make up 22%. Among these workers, 2 tiers exist: Latinos with low education and low skills, and educated professionals from Asia. Although both … Continue reading

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East v West: Cultural Pictograms

Yang Liu is a designer who was born in China and raised in Germany. Her graphic designs showing cultural differences between East and West are both insightful and  humorous.  Below are some of her designs that help us  to understand … Continue reading

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10 Communication Tips for Asian Language Speakers

Language and culture cannot be separated. A good communicator knows this, and will speak with the cultural style of the listener. By mirroring someone’s communication style, you are affirming their values in that area. Contrarily, when parties don’t reciprocate each … Continue reading

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Status and Negotiating Across Cultures

Understanding the importance and source of status is a vital part of working cross culturally. People can attain status in two ways: Achieved status – what you do In the US and other English-speaking countries,  status is achieved and based … Continue reading

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