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Culture Shock 😳

I have briefly mentioned culture shock once before but in this post I will be explaining it more

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Culture shock is something many people face while traveling abroad. It is defined as the feeling of disorientation a person experiences when suddenly subjected to a new culture, a way of life, or set of ideas. Culture shock is not meant to make you think that your culture is better then another, but to help you understand the world is different everywhere. Culture shock is a normal feeling and everyone experiences it while abroad so you are not alone. 

Some culture shock is less extreme than others. The U.S is similar to life in European countries so if you were to just travel to London so to speak you may not feel it as bad as someone who visits Japan or China. Location matters with culture shock so always know your comfort zone and if you want to push boundaries or not  

People may feel culture shock do to the structure differences in all parts of the world. You may be comfortable with a little structure but in some places like Korea structure is more important. Korea has an 11 p.m. curfew at its college campuses and to students in the U.S. they may not be familiar with the task. Going to Greece from the U.S however may not be as rough because their structure of living is very similar to ours. You wait your turn in line and you still eat three separate meals a day. The biggest difference you may see is people walk more. The way people live is not universal. 

Another thing that causes it is uncertainty and self doubt. There is lack of identity reinforcement. You may be uncertain if something is okay in that culture. You don’t want people to find you rude so it makes the situation uncomfortable. The good thing is, people can often tell you may not know their culture and will understand what you are doing and not be offended. Once the situation passes it is good to look it up so next time you know. 

To help over come it, contact your family throughout the trip. They will help to solidify that you are still you. If you feel lost a personal connection at home is the best way to not forget where you are from. Another way is to write down what is making you feel out of place. Sometimes writing down the experience helps you to see that it is not abnormal. You can also google the culture to help ease the apprehensions you are feeling. Knowing what you are getting into is better than going in blind. Use your resources to keep up with yourself. Remind yourself everyday if you have to that culture is different and that is okay. You will return home but for now you want to enjoy where you are. Remember culture shock is a normal feeling so don’t let it stress you. 

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I celebrated my first Halloween in Prescott, AZ. My American friend took out her box of accessories and made me into a pirate. I looked at myself in the mirror, and looked away quickly. The idea of “dressing like someone else” was still strange to me, even though I had learnt in school about Halloween a long time ago. Personally I had never been to a themed party in my life, and the celebration of carnival is a tradition from Western Christianity which has never dominated Chinese culture in history. The exaggerated features such as costumes, heavy make-ups and extreme behaviors reverse the everyday norms and become strange and unfamiliar. I struggled a lot to understand that during my first years studying abroad: Why can’t I have fun just being myself without costumes and drinking? Today, many young people celebrate Halloween for fun regardless of their cultural tradition. I’m sure now in the clubs of Beijing there are some wild parties going on 👻👻👻

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How many kisses make a proper greeting in France? There’s no single rule. As I travelled from the north of France to the south of France, the number of kisses on the cheeks also changes. Two kisses is commonly practiced, while in part of Provence, three kisses is the norm. I heard there are some places in the north you need to kiss four times! Just imagine the time you’ll have to spend on kissing when arriving late at a party 😆

Bienvenue au Canada!

Last Wednesday evening, Mom, Freddie, Poppy the Pussy Wagon, and I arrived in Canada following a spur of the moment decision to skip over Seattle in favor of more time to spend exploring my new environs.

In the almost-week that I’ve been here I’ve noticed a few things that I’m going to have to make an effort to get used to. Americans (and I among them) take for granted all the similarities we have with our mild-mannered sibling and up north, and occasionally even forget that the place with the funny accents and penchant for flannel isn’t simply an annexed portion of the Pacific Northwest. There are obvious differences— the money, the universal healthcare, the way words like “honor” and “center” are spelled “honour” and “centre”— and then there are the ones that aren’t as sexy, but are just as vital to the Canadian experience. Here are just some of them:

1. The gas/petrol, apart from being measured in litres, is priced in cents. Can someone explain how 145.53 cents/litre is clearer than $1.4553/litre?

2. You can write the date however you damn well please. mm/dd/yy? Great. dd/mm/yy? Fabulous. yyyy/dd/mm? Edgy, but still acceptable.

3. Despite having incredibly clean streets, there are about 3 public trashcans in the entire province. 

4. Also, the speed limit signs are few and far between.

5. The highway speed limits are VERY conservative. Like, 55 mph max.

And quite possibly my favorite thing yet…

6. CANADA DOESN’T USE PENNIES!


I’m sure I’ll have more to add to the list as my tenure in this magical place continues.

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|EN| Dealing with Culture Shock

It’s already been six days since I reached Bangkok after a whole year of travelling around in Central-Asia. The city must have activated something in me, because even after a restless night, I decided to walk around the groovy neighborhood for hours, with the German guy I just picked up in the hostel as my companion. Bangkok seemed chill and lazy after arriving from India, it got me right on the first morning. And then it happened. Something was missing, I started to realize - I still don’t have the culture shock.

    With a massive nomadic experience I find the culture shock similar to diarrhea on the first few days of a new tropical country - it happens, you get over it, and everything will be alright. It’s not scary or anything, more like some uncomfortable feeling, with alternating intensity after the first day’s excitement had passed. The symptoms vary too, but I think it depends on the person. In my case, what happens most of the time is that on the third/fourth day after reaching a new country, immediately, I don’t feel like doing anything. I don’t want to meet people, nor discover the new neighborhood; only hide in a corner, eat some comfort food, and browse Youtube without the judging looks of others. This might be a hard task in a hostel with zero-privacy, but when i do find privacy, my symptoms will usually disappear by the end of the day.
    The problem with culture shock occurs when I can’t hide. In that case, usually walking alone with some music, or reading all day on a bench helps. The point, is not to contact the local culture at all.
    Sometimes it’s a bit different - I’m simply annoyed or lazy - but the basics are the same: I feel strange until I realize ‘yep, culture shock again. Too bad’. I always forget to prepare for it. All together it’s not a big thing, but I find it important to say it out loud for myself when it happens, because it can really affect my picture of the hosting culture. When I continue mingling around beside the symptoms, I end up just projecting my negativity to everything, and that’s not good for anyone.
    There is a very simple dynamic in the background of culture shock - the tiny differences of the new culture. Every social group - ethnic, religious or cultural - is a bit different form the others around. Country borders are not real. The lines on the map are not circling around the traditions, nor the behavior patterns of the people; so one can experience even more culture shock within a country - when arriving to a new region or city. And sometimes, even after crossing a border - you may not come across culture shock there. Very unpredictable, that’s why it’s hard to recognize it from the beginning.
    In my experience the culture shock is stronger when I reach a culture similar to my original socialization scene. It could be because, at first glance, everything looks the same. People are just slightly slower or faster, they are familiar and not significantly different.The small hidden details of their world is unknown to me.  But once I start communicating nothing happens as planned. I’m communicating one thing, and locals understand a other. A bunch of misunderstandings based on cultural differences pop-up, and the brain freaks out, because it starts to feel insecure, and it will keep panicking until it’s able to chill back down again.
    Dealing with culture shock is easier in a place that is drastically different from my own base of socialization, because I find it easier to let things go without the frustration of ‘lack of perfect understanding’. That’s my highly scientific and professional definition of culture shock.
    At the end of the day, Culture Shock isn’t a big deal if we don’t overstress the situation. Go travel, get shocked as you like, give time for yourself, and it will just get easier each and every time.