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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    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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We went to see a history class at the University of Houston, and we had a culture bump.  Our culture bump was that American students speak to the professor during the class, such as asking questions, and saying, “Yes”, “Okay” and “I know”.  When we saw them doing this, we were shocked and envious because we […]

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