New Year…New Vegetable?

What, might you ask, do vegetables have to do with intercultural communications?  Everything, when it’s your 8 year old child suggesting you try a new vegetable every month for the new year.  In talking about multicultural perspectives to Dillon, we like to emphasize that just because people do things differently in different cultures, it doesn’t make…

Balance of Traditional Roles in Intercultural Relationships

You know how at your kid’s school there’s always that one “uber” mom–the one who is always organizing things, bringing treats, she’s at all the assemblies and really seems to be on top of everything?  There’s one of those at my son’s Hebrew School.  Only she isn’t Jewish. I was reminded of her as I…

The Truth About Teaching our Kids About Prejudice/Racism: Sometimes We’re Speechless

Dillon, bless his little heart, at only 8 years old had to get a root canal last week.  He had broken his tooth while playing last March, and unfortunately it had gotten infected. But that’s not the real story.  My husband was in the room with him as the Dentist got started.  “Would you like…

Cross-Cultural Truth: No Such Thing as a Fat Barbie

With the notable first black Disney princess debuting 84 years after the first (in the Princess and the Frog, in Theaters December 11), I don’t doubt that the number of black dolls also falls well behind that of white dolls.  So it’s understandable that, as the Wall Street Journal points out, “many black parents had…

The Ultimate in Cross-Cultural Understanding: Vegan-Carnivore Thanksgiving

  Happy Thanksgiving! Ours is a  ‘mostly vegetarian’ Thanksgiving because everything is vegan, except for…come closer so I can whisper…except for the turkey in the kitchen, and it’s not the one pardoned by President Obama today. Our annual family gathering of vegetarians (nothing with a face, but will eat dairy), vegans (no animal products/no harm to animals–my mom even suggested…

The “Other Side” of Intercultural Parenting

Just like a website has the public face and then the ‘behind the scenes techinical side,’ so for Intercultural Parenting there is the social side of raising a child with intercultural awareness and sensitivity, and then there’s Intercultural Parenting–two parents of different cultures parenting together…or more like side-by-side…or is it one after the other? I…

Intercultural Communications as Antidote to “What Do You Do” Courtesy Nod

I was at a dinner party the other night, and I found myself leaning in when the gentlemen with whom I was speaking said he did “communications infrastructure” for a living.  It’s one of those terms that you kind of know what it means, but not really.  You know it’s really important and helps the…

Kids Movies Still Carry Either/Or Message for Girls

Nancy Olson as Betsy Carlisle in 1961’s The Absent Minded Professor vs. Anna Faris as Sam Sparks in 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs…We’ve come a long way, right?  Not really. One of the joys of having kids (or borrowing other people’s kids) is for the excuse to indulge nostalgic yearnings by re-watching favorite childhood…