When giving a Cultural Awareness Training there is the question: Does Cultural Diversity make you Smile or Cry?
In order to answer this question, it makes sense “breaking” culture/diversity (in this case inter-changable words) into different layers.
Much like an Onion.
The comparison between Culture and an Onion is the following: “Have you ever cut an onion in your life?”. Most people will say yes! What happens when you cut an onion? Indeed, you start to cry. Read More
During our Cultural Awareness Training, we focus on Where Culture Is.
In other words can we isolate culture and distinguish it from Personality and what is Common to All Men Kind? The answer is yes. Culture has a place amongst the other two (Personality and What is Common to All Men Kind).
To make it a bit clearer, let’s put it in a picture (see below): Read More
The country is Japan. The setting is a commuter train. The situations is a pregnant women, wearing a badge telling people around her she is pregnant.
The reason for this is so other sitting passengers will stand up (if they can, due to the crowded train!), and let the pregnant women sit down.
But… why does she not just say she´s pregnant, or why do (typically men) not stand up out of them selves? Or people will eventually see she is pregnant!
Japanese Culture Explained:
Japan is a country with a collective society (score 46 on the Individualism dimension from Hofstede). One of the characteristics of collectivism is that your opinion is secondary to that of the group; in this case you do not claim your seat.
Why did the French national football team revolt in a way they did during the WC2010 in South Africa?
Pretty much everyone following the WC2010 knows what happened: Anelka was sent home after he verbally abused coach Raymond Domenech and then refused to apologise. Consequently the whole team went on a training-strike, much resembling common life and society in France.
Why do the French strike so much, including their national football team? From a cultural perspective this can be explained as follows: French culture, according to research from Professor Geert Hofstede, has a relative high score on one of the cultural dimensions Power Distance.