Category Archives: Interculturalism

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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Last day of school, korv (hot dog), and fikakorg (picnic basket)

Jie-jie’s skolavslutning was this morning. For the last few weeks we have ¬†been receiving increasingly detailed notes about the end-of-the-year festivities. The most recent one arrived last week. I didn’t bother typing the announcement into google translate because it seemed … Continue reading

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Immigrant vs. Tourist

We spent last weekend visiting our friends in Sollentuna, outside of Stockholm. We decided to head in to Gamla Stan (the old city) on Saturday morning. We could have walked to the train station but it was raining so we … Continue reading

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Kids, taste, and the pressure to conform

Jie-jie has always loved “girly” and ‘”fancy” clothes. The pinker, lacier and more ornate the better. Last year she basically refused to wear pants. Instead it was skirts and dresses with tights and the fancier the better. A month or … Continue reading

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Setting up playdates, Swedish-style

For the last couple of months (at least), our kids have been begging for playdates with their school chums. Often we would come to pick them up at school only to be told, for example, “Hedda said that I can … Continue reading

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