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…

Capturing the Moment that Launched my Intercultural Revolution

I’m often asked “what got you started in your interest in intercultural communications?”  Sometimes I say it was born inside of me, referencing the names of my pet black and gold fish at age 10, Martin Luther Fish and Golda My-Fish respectively (what 10 year old names their fish that?).  Other times I refer to…

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.…

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…

Dillon’s Pick: Confederate Insurance Company? Ouch!

Dillon’s pick this week is the ad above for “Confederate Family Insurance. It was so offensive, that we realized it couldn’t possibly be true.  Indeed, it is from Spike Lee’s faux documentary “Confederate States of America,” that looks at the US as thought the South had won the Civil War. It’s extreme representations, however, provide perfect…

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…