Author CultureBound

I went to the store and purchased what looked like Betty Crocker pancake mix. I was so excited to see it in the store where I shopped. I just picked up the box and put it in the cart, got home, unpacked it, and put it in the cabinet. I didn’t really think much about it until the day came for me to make my pancakes. …
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My husband was the director of a small Bible school in the state of Hidalgo, in a very rural part of Mexico. While we lived there, we observed some of the events that happened around the Day of the Dead. I had a culture helper, or a culture coach. I coached her in English, and she coached me in culture. She explained a lot to me about Dia de Los Muertos to help me understand Mexican culture. …
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I can’t express how important silence is in Korea. It’s a sign of politeness and respect. Listening and then just pausing before you answer someone’s question, is a part of having good manners, being polite. And when you’re listening, you show you respect the other person. …
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Zero is not a positive number for Hindus. In numbers, you never give someone an amount of money that ends in zero. So when you give them a hundred rupees, you give them 101 rupees. For someone’s birthday, if you want to put some money in a card, you can’t just put in an even number that ends in a zero. …
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