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Author: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach Created: Saturday, April 28, 2007
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Articles on global festivals, cross-cultural adjustment, tutorials and cross-cultural trainings on various topics to help you learn more about different lifestyles. More details on subtopics here.

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, May 16, 2011

What constitutes 'the real Africa', 'the real Kenya' or the 'real' aspects of any country? Do we base our experience on visiting another country based on stereotypes or media representations or something else that is real we see and experience when we arrive? If we never 'see' or 'experience' what 'others have before us' then what and how do we define our travels?

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, December 20, 2010

A British expat who's been living in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa) shares some of her pros and cons of living and raising a family in another country.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, December 13, 2010

Anu came from India to small town America in 2006. Moving from Mumbai to Oregon brings a lot of changes. How does Anu balance her new found identity in small town America with her Indian identity? How does she stay connected to her roots and nourish herself while balancing cultural integration being married into an American family? Click in to read some of her story. Thanks for sharing Anu.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, November 12, 2010

College culture for students and staff have changed in India since Deepa and Brijesh left and returned to India over the past 10 years. What are some of the changes and current conditions they have noticed working as professors in Vellore Institute of Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, November 01, 2010

Are you interested in knowing more about living abroad or cultural diversity issues? Click in to learn about my Authentic Journeys cross-cultural Facebook Forum.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, October 25, 2010

In India they speak many languages, and none of them are called 'Indian.' India has 28 states (I quoted this wrong in the podcast!), each with different languages with different scripts. These languages and regions vary so much it's like India is made up of many, diverse countries! So, I was asked, how does a country like India with many languages disseminate messages to its people so that everyone can understand? This is the question I attempt to answer in the podcast.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In this video, I answer the self-reflection questions I posed about my own staring behavior in the previous video. It's not fair for me to ask you and not dig inside myself to find my own answers. What are your answers? You do not need to tell me, but please tell yourself. This will help us understand ourselves and our behavior better. Thanks for your interest in my videos and in learning yourself! You are great!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, October 04, 2010

The day to observe thanks to the utensils, gadgets and machinery that makes our lives a little easier is what Ayuda Puja is all about. Cars and vehicles are also worshiped on this day.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, September 17, 2010

Well, of course, United Kingdom and United States are two different countries, we learned that in history class- the map tells us so, but what makes them unique? Is it possible to have culture shock when moving between these two nations? Julie and Sanjay share their thoughts on this and other cross-cultural topics.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ok, so when you meet your spouse abroad, in a home away from home for both of you, and have to adapt and adopt different cultures and languages, what wins? Many people may wonder, and for each person it can differ! Click in to read the experiences of Julie and Sanjay when adapting, adopting and communicating in the three languages of their relationship- U.K. English, American English and Tamil.

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