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Civilizing China

We are all being told how we are supposed to behave. First our parents (and teachers and peers) tell and show us what sort of behavior is normal…

Joining the International Migrant Workers

It’s a crazy world, where we seek the best decisions, but complexity makes it unlikely we will find anything but bad ones. And also good ones, for as…

Losing YourSelf in Cultural Intelligence

“You just don’t do things right.” If you’ve been reading these pages, you should be aware that I’d argue there’s much more “there” here, wherever you are, than…

Culture (&) Crashes, Asiana Flight 214 and Cultural Intelligence

It’s never nice to hear about plane crashes, but particularly so when one him-/herself is about to embark on air travel. (Of course, the rational mind knows that…

Roots Across Places – Home. Gardens.

The great explorers of yore went out to “discover” more of the world, their entourage and later followers brought back plants. In fact, in many cases, the very…

Chinese. Language. Lessons.

Recently, Chinese has been in the news quite a bit as a newly popular language among foreign language learners. At least, in a way. Numbers of actual learners…

Of Swimsuits, China, and Cultural Intelligence

In a world awash with online porn, it is fascinating to see that a mere four pictures in the latest (2013) Swimsuit edition of Sport’s Illustrated, featuring “ethnic”-looking…

I Hereby Pronounce Thee Like a Foreigner

Somehow, in a bout of bad timing, I got quite out of language learning at just the time the internet made it ever easier to seek out other…

The Expat Tango

Recently, the trend in writing about China seems to have become focused on the theme of exodus. Long-term expats are leaving, and telling all about the reasons. Mark…