We are the Buffalo Team – Davy, Max, Wang and Victor.  As newcomers from China, arrangements were made for us to live in an apartment together.  Because everything is new to us; in the beginning we were happy, excited and enthusiastic.  Then when we dealt with trash dumping, something happened that made us feel a […]

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The Culture Bump Approach to differences (ethnic, cultural, age, etc) offers a different understanding of the phenomenon of encountering differences.  Hans Goerg Gadamer  seems to be describing a culture bump when he writes the following in Truth and Method (1975) In the field of semantics, in particular, we’re confronted with the problem of the unconscious […]

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More than Cousins        As she lay taking chemotherapy in room 12B, Mary stared at the simple Icon of Kazan framed in an elegant gold frame and mounted on a rich velvet background-incongruous in the midst of hospital plastic and metal .  She drifted back 40 years ago to Morocco – to the caves […]

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“This guy went in there and was able to kill nine people and injure about a dozen others,” said C.J. Grisham, an open carry activist who is running for state Senate. “We won’t have to worry about such a shooter going completely unchecked until law enforcement can get there 20 minutes later. At least we’ll have […]

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Our culture bump was that Americans have so many flags. At first, we felt scared, surprised and amazed because in Japan, we don’t have so many flags. Just the ‘Super Japanese’ and the administrative offices have the Japanese flag.  So, we asked about this culture bump to some American students.  The answers we go were, […]

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    We had a culture bump at the University of Houston gym.  We saw an American person meet his friend.  They grabbed their opposite hand and pulled each other close and hit each other’s opposite shoulder.  We didn’t know what they were doing.  We felt confused, surprised and wondered if it was a game. […]

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We had a big culture bump when we talked to a student at the UH.  We were doing a survey and she answered our questions nicely.  So we thought she will take a picture with us, but she said, “I’m busy, sorry”.  She refused indirectly.  We knew she wasn’t busy because before we talked to […]

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We had a culture bump in Houston.  During class our teacher held up a poster and said, “Japanese see the whole thing and Americans look at the person or thing.”  We were surprised, curious and interested – wondering why there is a difference between the two people in their focus. The universal situation is describing […]

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