“Same Same But Different”: The Need for Cultural Competence in a Globalized World

by Anna Katrina Davey, Founder & President at Cultural Confidence   The iconic phrase “same same but different”, ubiquitously heard in the tourist areas of Thailand as well as other parts of Southeast Asia, is a metaphor I like to use to describe people and culture. While the versatile Tinglish expression
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Study abroad: Learning to live for the details

This summer I learned that there is a beautiful reason why clichés prevail. In Heredia, Costa Rica, a substantial town tucked between San Jose and the Poas Volcano, I lived and breathed gallo pinto (beans and rice) and hunted for hidden coves in brilliant green and muggy understory. My Spanish proficiency
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Banda on the streets of Olomouc in eastern Czech Republic, historical capital city of Moravia.

UT Austin student immersed in Czech culture, finds Texas links

This summer, with the help of the Czech Studies Summer Fellowship at my university, The University of Texas at Austin, I studied abroad for one month at the Summer School of Slavonic Languages at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The program had 98 students from 30 countries, including 3 American students.
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