Moving between cultures – the fun and the difficulties.

My posts are published now on Africa on the Blog.

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On 26 August 2014, a post was published called ‘Moving between cultures – the fun and the difficulties’. The post follows on from my post of a day before on ‘What is culture?’. In the post, I look at what happens when people move to a different culture from their own. I give the example of ‘Beauty’ and the adjustment she has to go through when moving to a culture with a different standard in the area of punctuality.

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I continue to argue that similar adjustments are needed in other areas. People have to change their ways in order to stay true to their own identity. This can cause conflicts when moving back and forth between cultures and it is good to be conscious of this.

However, moving to a different culture also has its advantages.To some extent, the problems and advantages are similar to all human beings and not unique for Africans in the diaspora. 

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What is culture?

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Dutch culture?

My posts are published now on Africa on the Blog.

On 25 August 2014, a post was published called ‘What is culture?’. In the post, I opt for a definition of culture that includes behaviour patterns that are ‘between the ears’, as opposed to focusing only on material things only such as art or music. I point to the Hofstede model of describing cultural differences in six dimensions.

I suggest that this model may offer a better way of looking at cultures and cultural differences, although it needs to be adapted for multicultural societies like those in most African countries. I continue by emphasising the importance of language as an expression of a culture’s unique cultural perspective on life.