Cross-cultural awareness

Emotions and culture

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Does culture influence emotions? Many cross-cultural researchers all over the world have been trying to give an answer to this question. We learn how to express emotions by watching people from our culture(s). But other people may experience and show emotions in a slightly different way we are unaware of. Hence, when we interact with new cultures, we might not always read their emotions correctly. Let's see how this is...

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Open Letter from Multicultural Women to the Italian Prime Minister

One of the major insights in my life happened when I discovered intersectionality. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of one's social and political identities (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, etc.) might combine to create unique modes of discrimination. It doesn't...

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Italy

Italy getting ready for Phase 2 of coronavirus lockdown

Given the numbers, no one expected Italy lockdown to be lifted this weekend but Italians surely hoped for more concessions from the government. On Sunday, April 26, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte called in a press conference where he announced more gradual openings.   Coronavirus lockdown situation in Italy...

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EMPTY SPANISH STEPS FROM AN AMAZING PERSPECTIVE

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Italy

HOW TO BE A HAPPY EXPAT IN ITALY (PART I)

Here you are, ready for your new Italian adventure. Your dolce vita is ready to begin. You want to enjoy your time in Italy the best you can. How do you become a happy expat? Learn as much as you can about Italy but be aware of your feelings and...

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7 IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO ROME

Your lifetime dream is to move to Italy and you are opting for the capital? Here are some things you should know before moving to Rome. Cost of life, cleaning, strikes and "sampietrini" cobbles are part of the Roman routine. To make them easier to remember, a Roman hill was...

Cross-cultural awareness

IS SMILE CULTURE-RELATED?

Last week I was on a plane from Chisinau to Rome. A lady from Southern Italy said Eastern-European women were beautiful, but they never seemed to smile. They looked as if they had an icicle inside. This is a recurrent observation of westerners traveling east. It happens because our culture...