Hand Mashed Guacamole and Other Values in Intercultural Context

On the way to dropping my son at school this morning we heard an ad for a fast-food restaurant that was boasting “hand-mashed” guacamole. “That’s sounds kind of gross,” I said. “Especially if it’s mashed by dirty hands,” my son added. “Ewww” we both shouted. Why would the advertiser think that was a desirable trait? …

Culture Shock: Everyone’s Being Mean to Me!

  After much whining during our trip to see family in Brazil last week, my eight year old son announced that he was behaving badly because “everyone here is being mean to me.”  Knowing that nothing could be further from the truth, I immediately went from being (annoyed) mother to ethnographer:  This was culture shock…a gut…