A Primer for Brazilians on USAmerican Hospitality: The Summer Barbecue

I learned a few weeks ago that there were going to be 800 students from Brazil in Chicago this summer, studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Chicago and University of Chicago. I immediately sent a proposal to IIT to offer a workshop on Communicating and Socializing with USAmericans. They need to…

I’ve taught him to be open to other cultures. Now he’s rejecting his own…

I could not be more proud that my son can watch Aladdin and immediately realize that the underlying stereotype when only the villain speaks with a Middle Eastern accent.  Or questioning the underlying bias of the positioning of modern African folk art as items of tribal ritual in an art museum.  After all, we’ve been…

What a Brazilian Child Gleaned from USAmerican Cartoons

I can’t tell you if this is a story about Really, have we met?  Finding out something totally surprising about my husband of 25 years that I never knew Duh—how did I never see something so obvious when seen through the eyes of another?  Or Deep, sensitive intercultural insight when seeing how USAmerican Culture is…