How to Become a Natural at Crossing Cultures
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Becoming A Natural…When I Wasn’t At First Just this morning I took a moment to review my week. I gave some good thought to how I had spent my time. … Read More

How To Change A Life: Pay Good Attention
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Sometimes, we simply need to pay good attention to the people around us. If we do, we might even change a life. A Simple, But True, Story Damon and Sara … Read More

How You Can Turn Tragedy into Unparalleled Opportunity
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“What do we talk about?” I knew this was a pivotal moment, but I didn’t yet understand my role. These thoughts came to me as we sat on the porch of … Read More

How To Make Small Gestures Count For Good
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Never underestimate the value of small gestures when you are relating cross-culturally. I learned this lesson well in my relationship with my Lebanese friend, Daria. We began our relationship through … Read More

Can You Be An Intercultural Expert? Start With Your Heart!
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It all starts with the heart. Understanding others who differ from us – across cultures, ethnicities, race, religion and any number of other potential “divides” –  is often a function … Read More

How To Become A Brilliant Cross-Cultural Ninja
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My Early Cross-Cultural Ninja Training In the earliest years of our marriage, my wife and I lived for two years in Japan. There, we encountered marked differences in how Japanese … Read More

How You Can Have Victory Over Unmet Expectations
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“I really didn’t ask for this role. It was not among my expectations. Really, many of my classmates could do the interpretation better than me,” my Taiwanese friend, Emma, began. … Read More

This is what happens when China commemorates its 9-11
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How do we, as a nation, commemorate loss? September 18, 2009 NOTE: I wrote this piece eight years ago, during the year our family lived in China. It is an … Read More

Let’s Not Forget What America Is All About: Immigrants!
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Sometimes we forget how America came to be. Ours is a nation of immigrants. As we headed up the hill on our hike, my American friend Shari told me of … Read More

In The Modern World, ‘Nyoman’ Is An Island
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Nyoman stands before me as a representative of the way the world is changing. Born in a tiny village above Ubud, Bali, Nyoman currently runs an Airbnb business at his … Read More

You Can Travel The World Right At Home
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What is the key to living out a truly global mindset at home? No question, sometimes it can be easy to get so caught up in the demands of our … Read More

The Secret’s In The Kimchi: Korean Democracy & Prosperity
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I couldn’t believe I was sitting across from a top Korean government official. But there sat Yuna, my friend from 10 years ago, looking bright as ever. We were attempting … Read More

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