Noting When and How we Reference Race, and the Assumptions behind the Absence

Hey you racist, why did you mention only Serena Williams race in last week’s post about the Mother Nature/Tampax ad? Luckily that comment didn’t come in, but as I was riding the train (or the “L” as we call it in Chicago) downtown yesterday, I realized I did mention Serena’s race, but not “Mother Nature’s”. …

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Beyonce, Qadaffi, and Core Values in Intercultural Communications

My college roommate used to love to start conversations at parties by asking “Do you think good and evil are objective or subjective? (This was the same roommate whose favorite Charades word was Dostoevsky’s “Gulag Archipelago,” but that’s another story…) A lively conversation always ensued. Is murder always bad? What if the person is terminally…

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New Year…New Vegetable?

What, might you ask, do vegetables have to do with intercultural communications?  Everything, when it’s your 8 year old child suggesting you try a new vegetable every month for the new year.  In talking about multicultural perspectives to Dillon, we like to emphasize that just because people do things differently in different cultures, it doesn’t make…

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Multicultural Roller Skating Babies and Other 2009 Freakiest Ads from Adfreak

Chris Guillebeau on his “Art of Non-Conformity” blog suggests promoting someone else when you’re facing inertia about your own work. That’s easy to do in referring to Adweek’s blog, Adfreak, always a fantastic source for insights and samples of ads around the world, and a great playground for multiculturalists fascinated by the construction and representation of culture…

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3 Tips to Favor Process Over Product in Intercultural Communications

You probably know one of each.  The one who picks up little things here and there over the course of the year, when things are on sale, and is ready for Christmas on December 1, and the one who walks the sales clerk out the door as it closes on December 24.  The result is the…

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