The Elite Team      It has been 2 weeks hearing about culture bumps. In fact, they exist everywhere and anytime. Our team is Elite Team, coming from China. It’s the first time for all of us to come to America .We were so excited before we got on the American ground. But when we […]

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For the past forty-six years,  Americans and Chinese have experienced a myriad of culture bumps with one another – from tipping to transportation to touching  as we have negotiated, studied, and socialized with one another.  In order to understand the origins of our bumps, we can turn to the Staircase and Roller Coater Models of Cultural Reality.  These models were proposed by Pierre […]

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Sarah and Liu Yang are two students at a university in the United States.  Liu Yang has just arrived from China.  They are roommates and have just met today.  Sarah made a cake for Liu Yang to welcome her to their apartment at the university. We now read examples of Sarah and Liu Yang making small […]

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  Navigating differences for me has always been the exploration of how we move beyond our cultural differences to our human commonalities. This journey began for me many years ago – in the cotton fields of West Texas where I first encountered (what I would later call culture bumps).  The Aguilar family lived next to […]

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It may have been raining cats and dogs in Houston on Monday and Tuesday but it was raining Culture Bumps for levels 1 and 1B at the LCC at the University of Houston.  The students were busy discovering how to come into class late in the USA  – respectfully- and showing one another about how […]

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Sasuke, Rio, Misa, Yumeka and Saya’s culture bump was with a store! We had a culture bump with an American store.  When we went shopping, we noticed that Americans don’t return items to their original position. We felt surprised and confused at the same time.  We thought that they’re lazy.  In Okinawa, we put our […]

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