• You can’t practise swimming without water

    Hofstede, the infamous grandfather of cross-cultural studies, said, "Studying culture without experiencing culture shock is like practising swimming without water." I think this guy tried to swim without water....Image Source: Gratisography Usually we think of culture...
    Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • The Monkey and the Fish

    This is a story that I use in my cross-cultural training classes. It's a great metaphor for how cultural assumptions can get us into trouble - even with the best of intentions.* A typhoon had...
    Friday, January 10th, 2014
  • Book Review: Partisan Histories

    "Partisan Histories. The Past in Contemporary Global Politics", edited by Marx Paul Friedman and Padraic Kenney, is a book I had to read for my Honours course. Now before I hear anyone say "booorrring," this...
    Friday, January 3rd, 2014
  • Aussies not so laid back

    I don't know whether it's because we live on an island, but Australia has developed a reputation for being an easy-going, relaxed, laid-back, "no worries mate" type of place. Whilst this may be true for...
    Friday, December 20th, 2013
  • Jetlag Plus

    Most people have heard of jet lag. It's when you've just arrived overseas, you're exhausted from your travels, but you're wide awake at 3am because your body thinks that's morning time. Or alternatively, you're falling...
    Thursday, August 15th, 2013