Bottoms Up!…or Not….. You may notice that there are a lot of differences of table manners between Chinese and Americans.Take the “alcohol culture” as an example,when Snow and Lily toasted for the second and the third time, Priyanka felt uncomfortable. When we went out to look for the truth,we were surprised and shocked that […]

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    Drink Bump The Squirrel Team Culture bump is a social phenomenon all over the world. As Dr. Carol M. Archer wrote in her book, culture bump has been defined as a “cultural difference”. To tell the truth, culture bumps are visible or invisible and different depending on the individual and the situation. People […]

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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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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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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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