My first significant culture bump occurred at the entrance of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Our white tour guide Shane, handed me a museum entry ticket emblazoned with “Nie-Blankes/Non-Whites”, and directed me to the entrance for those who were not white. I was not prepared for the emotional turmoil of being segregated and told to […]

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Janet Rae | Sociolinguistics 4315 | Dr. Peter Gingiss and Dr. Carol Archer Culture Bumps:  When Generations Collide Research indicates that people communicate based on their generational backgrounds. Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivational buttons. Learning how to communicate with the different generations can eliminate many major confrontations and misunderstandings. 1 […]

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This culture bump occurred as Miguel, age 28 from Venezuela, was having a conversation with Karen, age 48 from the United States. I was videotaping their conversation as part of a research project. I hypothesized that they would have culture bumps in the course of their conversation which I could then analyze. However, this was […]

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Teresa Potina—Professor Gingiss; Professor Archer—English 4315, 16 April 2007 My culture bump occurred the night I went to my cousin Shelby’s sixteenth birthday party. She had invited many of her friends from her high school and her church youth group, including many boys around her same age. The precise moment of the bump was when […]

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Andrea Goatley— ENGL-4315—April 30, 2007 I was enjoying a rather typical visit with my grandparents last winter with the rest of my family when I inadvertently offended my grandparents during dinner. We had been passing some of my grandma’s specialties: green bean casserole, pot roast with potatoes and carrots, hominy and with cheese and of […]

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