Category Archives: Interculturalism

Today I am THAT parent

Dear (Teachers), Thank you for the hard work you do teaching our child… An issue arose when she was working on the heritage assignment due Friday. I wanted to let you know about this issue so (child) is not penalized … Continue reading

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Living Class

I have spoken before about our decision to not celebrate Christmas. When I last wrote about it 16 months ago, I was on the verge of something: This year Jie-jie has again been saying that she wanted to celebrate Christmas … Continue reading

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Stepping in it: preface to a risky post

A little over a year ago I was conducting my first research interview in Sweden. My research there focuses on the way that school principals mange the diversity of their student populations (most schools were at least 50% first or … Continue reading

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Cultures of the body

I’ve experienced one difference between health care in the US in Sweden that has nothing to do with how folks pay for health care. Instead it is a cultural difference tapping into very different ideas about the body. In my … Continue reading

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Cold Fish or Friendly Strangers?

I could point you to many sources that support my claim that Swedes have the reputation of being cold and stand-offish. When I arrived, I had already heard the rumors, and I certainly developed an understanding of why they exist. … Continue reading

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Dispatch from the office, Swedish edition

One of the challenges about working in Sweden (or at least here at this University) is that many people are not very comfortable speaking English, most of the paperwork and online information systems are exclusively in Swedish, grant applications, talks … Continue reading

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Hösten i Sverige

Back to Sweden. We’ve been here about 52 hours and have slept for approximately 26 of those. It’s nice to be back and see our friends. The kids wanted to go straight back to school our first day back (school … Continue reading

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Primitive and exotic

Many people put significant effort into the cultural exchange in which our guests students are participating. In addition to the many host families who spend their time and resources caring for the students, by my count there are about 10 … Continue reading

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Culture Shock: cultural exchange edition

For 2 weeks we are hosting 2 guest students from China. They are 13 and 15 years old. We did the same thing last summer and I swore that I wouldn’t do it again but then, right before I left … Continue reading

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Noticed during transition

Things noticed about US upon return from Sweden: Americans are a very loud people. Our roads and sidewalks are in need of repair. We have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. The food here has … Continue reading

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