Archive for the ‘Cross-Cultural Healthcare Pearls’ Category

Reentry Shock: An Occupational Hazard of International Healthcare Volunteers

Friday, August 10th, 2018 |

  Most persons returning home from a significant cross-cultural journey go through a very unique experience termed cross-cultural reentry, reverse culture shock, or reentry shock. I experience this each time I return from Angola or China, and it consists of disorientation ...

Chinese In Africa? – Angola Day 30

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 |

  "你们为什么在非洲?"是因为我们在这里工作!Twice this month I enjoyed caring for patients from China here at CEML Hospital. It's an understatement that they express surprise to hear their native language spoken by a North American on location in southern Africa. The even greater surprise ...

Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven – Angola Day 18

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 |

  Even after thirty years of communist indoctrination, today's Angolan people remain inherently spiritual. They readily assure that there is indeed a God and exist powerful spiritual forces. To say otherwise, in this country, is folly. What's more, even ...

Music Therapy – Angola Day 12

Monday, July 16th, 2018 |

  Angolans love to sing in harmony, with vibrant gestures and expressive smiles. Last night, when I brought my travel guitar to the CEML Hospital ward and began to softly play Latin and classical tunes, I was immediately accompanied by their ...

What Is The Most Useful Second Language?

Friday, June 15th, 2018 |

  "I'm enrolling for classes and I have to take a foreign language. Which one shall I choose?" This dilemma is familiar to most. One challenge is that at the time we decide - usually in high school - we have ...

Should You Learn A New Language?

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 |

  Success with a long-term commitment in a new culture is highly associated with the ability to verbally communicate. People who are fluent in the common language are at a great advantage. By contrast, inability to communicate most always results in ...

What Is Your Level Of Cultural Competence?

Friday, March 16th, 2018 |

  The Cultural Competence Continuum, drawn from the work of Arthur Kleinman, suggests that there are definable levels in individual and organizational responses to cross-cultural interaction. What is your level?   Cultural Destructiveness is the most negative stage, characterized by intentional responses to ...

What Is The Single Most Useful Language?

Friday, September 15th, 2017 |

  Language is powerful. Beyond its direct usefulness for communication, language also conveys one's culture, social status, and history. Acquiring language as a child is an almost thoughtless, painless process. I continue to marvel over how my father never addressed me ...

Mark Twain ~ “We wanted something foreign!”

Friday, August 18th, 2017 |

  I am fascinated with cultures. For one, they represent enormous richness of human experience. Tasting a variety of cultures also creates light and insight into our own personal cultures that we could never appreciate unless we step outside of them.   With ...

Honesty And Truth Telling Within Chinese Healthcare

Friday, July 8th, 2016 |

  Astute observations from Eva Holsinger, my pediatrician colleague here in northeastern China: "Do you want your doctor to tell you everything, right away, as soon as she knows something bad is coming at you? Take it another step: who do ...