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Click on each expression  Right Quick   – Quickly Yonder  – There   Fixing to – on the point of doing something  Fixing – to repair something that is broken Fixing – to prepare something e.g. food Y’all – Plural form of “you” Drainboard – place beside the kitchen sink where dishes are placed to dry […]

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Culture Bumps™ in Global Classrooms is a unique app that compares ten common behaviors in university classrooms around the globe. These include day to day situations such as coming to class late, working in groups, using electronics in class and showing respect to the professor.This intercultural listing of both similarities and differences (culture bumps™) in […]

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Maria, Marino, Reina, Yukika and Yoshino tell about their culture bump while auditing a political science class at the University of Houston. We had a culture bump with American students in the political science class we observed.  When we took a class at the University of Houston, we noticed that a male and a female student […]

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What does it mean to be a global leader?

*Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University, identified three characteristics of a global leader -Having a global mindset -Having global entrepreneurship -Having global citizenship. These three characteristics are acquired rather than being inherent. The Culture Bump Approach to dealing with differences develops all three by allowing an individual to view cultural differences, not as problems [...]
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If you have been paying attention, you’ve seen bunches of blue flowers (bluebonnets) with spikes of red (Indian paintbrush) alongside the roads.  These were outside of Schulenburg, Texas last Sunday. Because of good rains this year, Texas wildflowers are calling our attention.  In the Houston area, get ready to drive out any direction from Houston […]

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More than Cousins Arabic vocabulary: Binti: my daughter (term of endearment) Jid: Grandfather Jadda: Grandmother Na-am: Yes Hijab: Headscarf ‘Um: Mother As she lay taking chemotherapy in room 12B, Mary thought of the beautiful Icon of Kazan.  Years ago, she had had it framed in an elegant gold frame, mounted on a rich velvet background.   […]

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While the Staircase and Roller Coaster Models of cultural differences provide a foundation for understanding the two fundamental value systems between the USA and China, our culture bumps with one another are generally found in specific areas.  Notice how many culture bumps can occur in the following scenarios. Initial business contacts Americans are comfortable meeting […]

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The Culture Bump Approach (CBA) provides a structure for guiding individuals through Milton Bennett’s (1986) Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). Bennett described six developmental stages for developing cultural sensitivity – Denial, Defense, Minimization, Acceptance, Adaptation, and Integration. He further divides the six stages of development into two groups, ethnocentric and ethnorelative stages. For more [...]
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Culture Bump loves to find those local businesses that represent the core c/b values of connection, kindness, quality and community. The Culture Bump Car (otherwise known as a beige prius) found itself in need of repair.  After visiting several large, big name stores, the prius rolled into a small garage called Community Tire and Brake […]

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A group of very diverse individuals met for three Saturdays to explore how to apply the Culture Bump protocol to healing circles.  They included people with diverse spiritual paths – Christian, Muslim, Buddhist as well as those with no formal religious belief.  Furthermore, they came from diverse backgrounds – the USA, Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam, and […]

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