2012/09/01

Cultural differences

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Sometimes I think along the lines of "All this inter-cultural conflict stuff can't be that difficult.
Studies have revealed that an East African man and a Swedish man are more aligned with each other in their behaviour than a Swedish man and a Swedish women and similar stuff, after all."

At other times I see stuff like this and feel suddenly a huge cultural gap even within the so-called "Western World":


The addicts at the local railway station make me feel very alien as well, of course.

S Ortmann
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4 comments:

  1. Visit any Australian capital city (Brisbane possibly excluded), then head for the rural areas, and behold the very definition of "cultural gap".

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  2. its a haka. A Maori war dance. They are using it as a tool to raise morale I think. I say good for them, honoring the First warriors of New Zealand.

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  3. Must be some shallow studies about Swedish and east african men, as a law school student I worked at the swedish migration board part time and few cultures seem more far away in punctuality, the relationship men/women/children, the view on how to handle civil servants, concept of honesty etc than east african.

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  4. Ah yes, the haka. To be honest, I feel, its kind of a testament to comparably successful cultural integration in New Zealand (certainly as opposed to Australia). Its pretty cool, when you see them doing it ahead of rugby matches and the like.

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