Home for the Holidays: Why Diversity & Inclusion are Easier at Work than at Home

There was a story on NPR last month that showed that despite sharing the same genes, siblings can be completely foreign to each other from a personality perspective.  Not only do they share the same culture, they come from the same gosh darn family….and still sometimes can’t get along.  You’d think applying some of the…

Intercultural Hot Dog a Great Teacher

After all of the build up, there was no way Dillon was going to miss trying a hot dog in Paris. “A foot long, on a full baguette, and covered with cheese,” I recalled from my high school exchange trip. “Sometimes with French Fries stuffed right into the bun!” added my husband. “It lived up…

Bat Mitzvah’s and Adopted Babies from Korea: How We Learn and Pass-on Culture

Between a Bat Mitzvah (Jewish coming of age ceremony, Bat for girl, Bar for boy) on Saturday and a conversation at lunch yesterday that exposed multiple unconsicous assumptions of mine, I seem to have race, bias, and interculturalism on the brain, and in particular the idea of how culture is passed-on from one generation to the…

Kids Intercultural Video Movie Review: “Babies” Documentary

Probably not billed as a kids movie (more “gratuitous” nudity than the average PG movie) but Dillon and I were excited to see “Babies,” the documentary, which follows the lives of four babies during their developmental years (from birth to walking):  Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarijargal from remote Mongolia, Mari in Tokyo, Japan, and Hattie in…

Cute Racoons? Think Again! Racial-Ethnic Stereotypes Abound in Furry Vengeance

Remember the 1958 film The Blob, with its big red amorphous goo rolling and taking over the town, absorbing the minds of young people who were not strong enough to resist?  Of course the “BIG RED BLOB” was none too subtle a reference to the Red Scare and fear of Communism taking over the US.  Russia’s…

Five Questions for @cmcilwain About Teaching Kids About Race

Intercultural Talk was delighted to catch up with Dr. Charlton McIlwain following his ‘appearance’ on DoctorRadio on Sirius/XM Radio earlier this week, talking about “Teaching Kids about Race.”  1.  What are the top three pointers you have for parents when teaching kids about race? 1. Be willing to talk to your kids about race. 2.…

Three Lessons from Intercultural Parenting Your Parents

It was the big, burly,  African American football player gushing on and on about caring for his Yorkie post surgery for a hurt paw that really opened my mom’s eyes.  “I figured he wouldn’t be interested,” said my mom, about signing her petition to end puppy mills in Missouri, “but I needed the signatures.”  Not…

What To Do When Your Child Mortifies You with a Racial Remark

Your 7 year old child who is white hesitates to shake someone’s hand who is African-American.   Your first grader tells another student she’s “a lesbian with her sister.”  You were there.  You weren’t there.  You are the most open, anti-racist, multicultural person you know.  Where did your child get this from? I’ve seen stories about…