Freedom vs. Stability – Are They Mutually Exclusive?
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I never expected a quick coffee date would turn into a deep discussion about FREEDOM vs. STABILITY. But as we sat around the coffee shop table – me with two of … Read More

What Happens When You Bring Cake in China?
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It never would’ve occurred to me to purchase a cake in order to save face. But that’s what our Foreign Affairs Officer (FAO) urged us to do when we needed … Read More

How to a Turn Social Blunder into an Excellent Life Lesson
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Personality Types & Work Styles – And a Cross-Cultural Life Lesson Not long ago I was on a webinar, listening to Carson Tate, a productivity coach, share about four types … Read More

Is That Really So Illegal? Cultural Views of Plagiarism
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During my sabbatical from high school teaching during the 2009-2010 school year, our family moved to China. There, my wife and I worked at a university as English instructors. My … Read More

Hospitality With Limits? What Do You Think?
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Does our hospitality have its limits? And, should it? I faced this question square on a while back. And it caused me to rethink my understanding of what true hospitality … Read More

How I Found Magic & Lasting Friendship in a Japanese Ryokan
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Chikako Takada: Renaissance woman. Ryokan proprietor. Opera lover. Friend of many. When I first met Chikako Takada, I was most impressed by her non-stop energy and enthusiasm towards life. At just … Read More

Breathe: Why You Need to Watch this Remarkable Story
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In this scene from the 2017 movie Breathe, there is so much amazing intercultural stuff happening. While this is not the full focus of the film, the lessons learned from … Read More

Getouttamyway! How to Interpret the Frenzy on the Roads of China
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I wrote this when we lived in China. Indeed, the getouttamyway! frenzy on the roads there provoked my imagination. What Might Driving Patterns Say About National Character? Living in Ningbo, China … Read More

Want to Master Change? Right this Way!
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Change is hard. I was struggling with that reality when I sat in the café with Emira, my Middle Eastern friend who is returning home very soon. She’s been counting … Read More

What Happens When Diverse Languages & Cultures Collide?
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A short essay exploring the outcome of diverse languages & cultures coming together We sit in a traditional Balinese, open-air, building with ornate woodwork and richly decorated furniture. This restaurant … Read More

Celebrating the Curious Diversity of the American Dream
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I’m always curious about how people live – the creative and diverse ways they live out their lives. I got a peek into another world one rainy Monday morning, and … Read More

What to Do When Truth Stares You in the Face
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It was time to say goodbye. But truth was, I found myself unprepared for the moment ahead. The background Emily and Jack from Taiwan would come by for an hour … Read More

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