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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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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  I clarified my own ideas and moved beyond my emotional reaction to guns on campus.  In the process, I came to see Mr. Grisham in a very human light. This is a statement from an individual who analyzed her furious disagreement with a politician’s comments about guns on campus.   As a result, she concluded that it […]

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