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Adjusting to a new culture and getting along with the local people can be huge challenges for someone who lives and works abroad. Whether in business, diplomacy, education or leisure, anyone can be blindsided by a lack of international knowledge and experience, thus caught at a disadvantage. In this second edition of his best-selling The Art of Crossing Cultures, Craig Storti gives voice to the cross-cultural experience and shows what it takes to encounter a new culture and succeed. This timely new edition focuses special attention on how to deal with country and culture shock and identifies two types of intercultural incidents, giving a more holistic picture of cross-cultural misunderstandings. Learning how to anticipate differences and master positive alternative reactions is at the heart of The Art of Crossing Cultures, as well as the cross-cultural adaptation experience.
Contents Preface to the Second Edition Foreward to the First Edition Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Country Shock 2 Culture Shock 3 The Fallout 4 The Problem Explained 5 The Problem Solved 6 Language Lessons 7 The Payoff Appendix: Eloquent Witness A Selected Reading List Bibliography Index
Craig Storti is founder and co-director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington, D.C.-based intercultural communication training and consulting firm specializing in seminars on cross-cultural adjustment and repatriation. With work appearing in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, he is the author of six books, including Speaking of India: Bridging the Communication Gap When Working with Indians and the bestselling Cross-Cultural Dialogues, The Art of Crossing Cultures, and The Art of Coming Home. Having lived nearly a quarter of his life abroad, he lives now in Maryland. www.craigstorti.com
"The interesting thing about The Art of Crossing Cultures is that it will be as enlightening to the university student in a formal intercultural communication course as it will be to the practical-minded businessperson bound for a first overseas assignment and as it will be for the seasoned intercultural specialist who is forever looking for theoretical material to explain the process we have all experienced but have such difficulty putting into words." - Robert Kohls, San Francisco