Chapter Two:  Meet Khadija ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Jane Talbert stood for a moment watching the slender boy walk away with his sister.             “I wish I knew more about how to help him. His English is not coming along at all… but then there are so many who need so much help and I don’t know […]

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Chapter One: Meet Mumtaz  Mumtaz Suleman Younis was born in Musal in northern Iraq 8 years ago. He lived in a village with his mother, father, brother and sister, Farida. At the end of the Gulf War, his village rose in revolt against the regime of Sadam Hussain. The Kurds were defeated – American planes […]

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  The following stories were written in 1998 during the time that there were numerous Kurdish, Iraqi, Bosnian and Vietnamese refugees in Texas.  Their stories will be told in weekly chapters. Follow Carol Archer @ culturebump on twitter to receive notification of new chapters.    Chapter One:  Meet Mumtaz Chapter Two:  Meet Khadija Chapter Three: […]

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  Thank you Dr. Davidson, Ms. Tesh, honored guests, colleagues and of course, the students of the Language and Culture Center. As I have tried to think of what to say to you today in this the semester of our 25th anniversary, one memory continued to play through my mind – When I was a […]

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       The CNPC 2015-2016 Cohort from the Asian AmericanStudies Center Global Leadership Program at the University of Houston has successfully completed their language and culture component with flying colors.  They completed the Toolkit for Culture and Communication which includes modules on perceptions, culture bumps, communication styles, cultural value systems, human commonalities, cultural adjustment […]

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Q 1.             Do you think tip is necessary? Why? It is Necessary. Tipping is not quite obligatory in USA. However, because the waiters or busboys are often paid fairly low wages,e.g.$2.5 per hour, it is the customary practice. [Service charge is always voluntary, even when it’s added to your bill. But if you deduct gratuity […]

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CULTURE BUMP ON TIP   When we are talking about “Tip”, different people have different understandings. If you are a computer engineer, you may think of it as “Hint”. If you are a ballerina, you may mean ballet tip—a certain skill of dance. The variety of our culture background leads to diversity of comprehension. We […]

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  We are a CNPC group named Rose from China, taking part in an international financial training program in the University of Houston. In China, we know that there are cultural differences between China and America. And we try to be careful so as not to bring inconvenience to others. But two days ago, an […]

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