Awkward greetings: the intercultural social dance

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Trying to assimilate to the greeting norms of another culture leaves us bumping heads and stepping on toes.

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Monster brawl: when Gagaism meets totalitarianism

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Lady Gaga urged the Czech audience to get up and dance on the 21st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. But totalitarianism lives on in Prague.

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Girls at the crossroads: puberty is a time to pivot

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Adolescent girls in the developing world are unlikely agents of change but hold the key to raising the standard of living for everyone around them. A Girl Effect campaign with 100+ bloggers.

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Food communion: finding lost rituals

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A global nomad now back in the USA misses the special status of food.

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Is that a pain cry? What we want to hear about death

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Can grief-illiterate Americans grieve in public — and out loud? Restricting who we talk to about death can cut us off from people unafraid to hear about it, perhaps those even able to console us.

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Nostalgic baggage: taking love with you

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If each tiny, agile step forward is a step away from something else — guaranteed not to be there forever, trustily waiting for our return– we need to consider with extra care where we’re headed and when we choose to go.

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Does expat lit deserve its own shelf?

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Expatriate literature may be stocked in the travel-memoir-classics section, but does it deserve a shelf of its own? Highlights from a week of Twitter #litchat about the unique depths of outsider cultural views from the inside

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Speaking of class: what social story do you tell when you talk?

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Speaking of class: having cleared other hurdles in your new society, are you still defined by the way you speak?

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Decomposing self: misplacing your most valuable expatriate possession

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Life abroad can test our sense of self. Realizing we’re part of an adventuress continuum can restore it.

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My foreign body: geocharacteristics of a population

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Do warm places make warmer people? How has your body changed in adapting to a foreign climate?

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