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How deep does national identity discourse run?

What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? This article explores the deeper discourse of identity that often seems undiscussable and remains undiscussed. "The elephant in the room" is a term used to describe something that though having enormous influence and importance goes unnoticed or is repressed and not dealt with. Perhaps the case of the USA, discussed here is an powerful example of this inability to reflect, perceive, and discuss something that seems taboo, something too close for comfort. This is particularly interesting in the case of the USA, since the elephant in the room seems to be Trump-eting...

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Women in the intercultural field

What follows is not a scientific reflection, or perhaps it is an appeal for one. Having been a member of the Board of Directors of SIETAR (The Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research) on multiple occasions, both in SIETAR Europa and SIETAR France, I observed that the membership of this organization seemed to hover, give or take, at about 80% female. I asked myself why this is the case. I could only theorize, and I came up with the following potential, perhaps partial answers: Intercultural work for a long time was seen as a sort of “soft science” (if...

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Silence is the new communication

Written by: Nghi Dang Before I moved to Finland, I had already kept telling myself to be braver in speaking up or standing in front of the crowd. I had this small fear ever since I was a kid. I could recall being pushed by my mom to “go ahead, nobody is going to bite you”. No one ever actually bites me (that is a relief) but they have the look, which still stirs my fears now and then. I was going through all posts published on diversophy® Facebook page, and I came across this article Learning to Speak Up...

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Are you sure you know who you are?

Written by: Nghi Dang I assume that if you are here, you are also involved in intercultural field in one way or another. And we also have great passion for it. Personally, I have grown interest in the field since I moved to Finland. Being able to see a totally different society, I would be lying to say if I was not having problems adapting. However, if one asks me, whether I had a cultural shock moving to a continent across the globe at such an early age, I usually said no. I have been sincerely honest with such an...

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Learning by drawing on experience and promoting activism

November 21, 2014 By George F. Simons This review is from: Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (Paperback) Baldwin and his team have unapologetically placed intercultural communication in the context of everyday life, but don't be fooled, as "everyday life" for the authors is focused on the challenges of dealing with culture in its full impact on real coexistence with oneself and others. That means addressing ethics, politics, and economics as well as managing diverse relationships. In short it stresses civic and political engagement enlightened by building an understanding of how culture works and how we experience it at home and...

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