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Started: 10/24/2022 10:05 AM
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  • Mugurel Patrichi

HW (1/3) - Individual

​Can you give an example where you feel that you personally reacted in an intercultural sensitive way, referring to the ethno-relative stage of cultural sensitivity? 


Output: comment to this post or post a podcast or a short video 


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Mugurel Patrichi

​Can you give an example where you feel that you personally reacted in an intercultural sensitive way, referring to the ethno-relative stage of cultural sensitivity? 


Output: comment to this post or post a podcast or a short video 


2610/24/2022 10:05 AM10/24/2022 10:05 AMNo
Posted: 10/30/2022 6:53 PM
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  • Gopi Krisshna Tuticorin Harihara Subramanian

​I remember having conversations with friends from Iran on some topics pertaining to politics and education. We had conversations on how there are people who have well qualified and smart in Iran, but due to the government people are not given much opportunities or freedom to do few things. And I understood the situation and try to process it in such a way that I was also able to give any feedback or opinions I had. And I shared some views from my own culture on this topic and related to some other aspects of the discussion. I was careful with my words or statements and ensured that the communication was mutually agreeable. ​

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Gopi Krisshna Tuticorin Harihara Subramanian

​I remember having conversations with friends from Iran on some topics pertaining to politics and education. We had conversations on how there are people who have well qualified and smart in Iran, but due to the government people are not given much opportunities or freedom to do few things. And I understood the situation and try to process it in such a way that I was also able to give any feedback or opinions I had. And I shared some views from my own culture on this topic and related to some other aspects of the discussion. I was careful with my words or statements and ensured that the communication was mutually agreeable. ​

Mugurel Patrichi3010/30/2022 6:53 PM10/30/2022 6:53 PM
Posted: 11/3/2022 2:55 PM
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  • Erika Lorena Stöver

I have a guest researcher at work who is from Jordan. His views and beliefs are very different from mine. Even though I can't really understand some things, I try not to attack him in terms of his values. I keep telling myself that he grew up in a different culture, but I still try to explain our German views to him. I think sometimes and in relation to certain topics this is very difficult to be sensitive.​

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  • Erika Lorena Stöver
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Erika Lorena Stöver

I have a guest researcher at work who is from Jordan. His views and beliefs are very different from mine. Even though I can't really understand some things, I try not to attack him in terms of his values. I keep telling myself that he grew up in a different culture, but I still try to explain our German views to him. I think sometimes and in relation to certain topics this is very difficult to be sensitive.​

Mugurel Patrichi3011/3/2022 2:55 PM11/3/2022 2:55 PM
Posted: 11/11/2022 6:49 PM
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  • GLADUNEAC M. MIHAELA

There was once a moment when I was discussing politics in history class with the teacher and we were talking about the Russian people and here she intervened saying that this is why she doesn't love Moldova because there are many Russians, this affected me somewhat but I tried to react as much as possible calmly saying that in Romania there are also Russians, Romanians and Romanians who speak Russian, but that does not mean that the people are doing something wrong, and that to some extent Moldova is not different from Romania​.

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GLADUNEAC M. MIHAELA

There was once a moment when I was discussing politics in history class with the teacher and we were talking about the Russian people and here she intervened saying that this is why she doesn't love Moldova because there are many Russians, this affected me somewhat but I tried to react as much as possible calmly saying that in Romania there are also Russians, Romanians and Romanians who speak Russian, but that does not mean that the people are doing something wrong, and that to some extent Moldova is not different from Romania​.

Mugurel Patrichi3011/11/2022 6:49 PM11/11/2022 6:49 PM
Posted: 11/14/2022 8:05 AM
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  • Katarzyna Sawicka

We all have our own perception about different cultures and ethnicities.

I always make sure that I am not judging others by my perception. I will always talk to people, ask them questions and be polite. So, I can get to know them, and understand them.​


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  • Katarzyna Sawicka
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Katarzyna Sawicka

We all have our own perception about different cultures and ethnicities.

I always make sure that I am not judging others by my perception. I will always talk to people, ask them questions and be polite. So, I can get to know them, and understand them.​


Mugurel Patrichi3011/14/2022 8:05 AM11/14/2022 8:05 AM
Posted: 11/15/2022 9:20 PM
Picture Placeholder: Alissa Kasurinen
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  • Alissa Kasurinen

I have a friend from Iraq. We have very different perceptions about relationships and many other things but I always attempt to sympathize with her point of view, considering that she comes from a totally different culture with very strong traditions. I respect her values and behavior and I’m always learning new things from her.  



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Alissa Kasurinen

I have a friend from Iraq. We have very different perceptions about relationships and many other things but I always attempt to sympathize with her point of view, considering that she comes from a totally different culture with very strong traditions. I respect her values and behavior and I’m always learning new things from her.  



Mugurel Patrichi3011/15/2022 9:20 PM11/15/2022 9:20 PM
Posted: 11/16/2022 2:19 AM
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  • Hanna Dinser

​I can think of a situation where I was talking to a Mexican guy and explaining him that it is very normal that us students in Germany often work next to our studies to save up for traveling or education and I asked if he was working next to his studies too. He replied in a snide tone​that working as a student is only for the poor. Even though I found it very insensitive as I have many Mexican friends who work hard outside of uni. But I thought about it and I kind of understood his point. First of all we in Germany take it for granted to have the opportunity to work pretty young and earn good money. In Mexico you do not have a lot of opportunities to get a mini job and second, in Mexico you earn maybe 10€ for 8h of work. So if your family has money and gives it to you, why would they have the urge to work next to uni? Through this thought I also understood why a lot of young people from whealthy families had such a bad sense for the value of money.​

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  • Hanna Dinser
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Hanna Dinser

​I can think of a situation where I was talking to a Mexican guy and explaining him that it is very normal that us students in Germany often work next to our studies to save up for traveling or education and I asked if he was working next to his studies too. He replied in a snide tone​that working as a student is only for the poor. Even though I found it very insensitive as I have many Mexican friends who work hard outside of uni. But I thought about it and I kind of understood his point. First of all we in Germany take it for granted to have the opportunity to work pretty young and earn good money. In Mexico you do not have a lot of opportunities to get a mini job and second, in Mexico you earn maybe 10€ for 8h of work. So if your family has money and gives it to you, why would they have the urge to work next to uni? Through this thought I also understood why a lot of young people from whealthy families had such a bad sense for the value of money.​

Mugurel Patrichi3011/16/2022 2:19 AM11/16/2022 2:19 AM
Posted: 11/20/2022 2:47 PM
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  • Miina-Stiina Tanskanen

I have been spending time with people from culture who tend to be overly straight that I could feel myself ​useless and unworthy. I know that I wouldnt have taken things such seriously, but ​from the other view it is important to treat people​ gentle​​ and ta​ctfully. ​

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Miina-Stiina Tanskanen

I have been spending time with people from culture who tend to be overly straight that I could feel myself ​useless and unworthy. I know that I wouldnt have taken things such seriously, but ​from the other view it is important to treat people​ gentle​​ and ta​ctfully. ​

Mugurel Patrichi3011/20/2022 2:47 PM11/20/2022 2:47 PM
Posted: 11/22/2022 12:02 AM
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  • Dlomen Roshni Victorina

It depends on your environment/ surrounding people and the circumstances in which you find yourself in. I worked with 2 different ​Companies in India. One was a Government organisation and the other was an International Multi Nationality organisation. Both Companies are large employers in their respective industries. Company 1 was an National private-Govt Insurance company- highly bureaucratic and patriarchal and political in terms of the heirarchy of reporting, toxic obsession with respect based on gender, age, titles and salary, arrogance and egotistical thought process and way of influencing people to do work and dangerously reactive employees that would retaliate through work at the slightest perceived insult. In this case it was like walking on eggshells because anything I said or did could be interpreted as insensitive. (Even not offering your lunch to your team could result in a bad rating!)It also exposed huge loopholes and ambiguity in Company HR policy and SOPs and promotion process.( stack ranking for a huge financially stagnant corporation of 18.000 employees!) perhaps it was backed by the national bank and hence performance did not matter..recipe for carnage.


Company 2 was a London based company that employed people all over the world. Teams were multi Kulti and flat heirarchies were established. I worked with an Indian boss, a Swedish boss, a Lebanese boss & a Taiwanese supervisor. The motto was be professional no confrontational behaviour with anyone, talk about work and that was it. I never had an incident here as it was clear how one had to behave with everyone as the company had a strict code of conduct. That does not mean there is no office politics. It's just played politely via ignoring, late replies etc but definitely nowhere near Company 1 levels!

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Dlomen Roshni Victorina

It depends on your environment/ surrounding people and the circumstances in which you find yourself in. I worked with 2 different ​Companies in India. One was a Government organisation and the other was an International Multi Nationality organisation. Both Companies are large employers in their respective industries. Company 1 was an National private-Govt Insurance company- highly bureaucratic and patriarchal and political in terms of the heirarchy of reporting, toxic obsession with respect based on gender, age, titles and salary, arrogance and egotistical thought process and way of influencing people to do work and dangerously reactive employees that would retaliate through work at the slightest perceived insult. In this case it was like walking on eggshells because anything I said or did could be interpreted as insensitive. (Even not offering your lunch to your team could result in a bad rating!)It also exposed huge loopholes and ambiguity in Company HR policy and SOPs and promotion process.( stack ranking for a huge financially stagnant corporation of 18.000 employees!) perhaps it was backed by the national bank and hence performance did not matter..recipe for carnage.


Company 2 was a London based company that employed people all over the world. Teams were multi Kulti and flat heirarchies were established. I worked with an Indian boss, a Swedish boss, a Lebanese boss & a Taiwanese supervisor. The motto was be professional no confrontational behaviour with anyone, talk about work and that was it. I never had an incident here as it was clear how one had to behave with everyone as the company had a strict code of conduct. That does not mean there is no office politics. It's just played politely via ignoring, late replies etc but definitely nowhere near Company 1 levels!

Mugurel Patrichi3011/22/2022 12:02 AM11/22/2022 12:02 AM
Posted: 11/23/2022 10:16 AM
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  • Nekundi Rosalinde Nasaantu

​In my developing stages I was around a lot of different cultures especially seeing as though I went to Inrernational Schools in different countires. Thus, as an adult I automatically mesh well with others so i would generally get along with different cultures as I am more aware of differences between cultures. I always seek to observe and ask questios of interest in order to open my mind to differences and find solutions in that effect​

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Nekundi Rosalinde Nasaantu

​In my developing stages I was around a lot of different cultures especially seeing as though I went to Inrernational Schools in different countires. Thus, as an adult I automatically mesh well with others so i would generally get along with different cultures as I am more aware of differences between cultures. I always seek to observe and ask questios of interest in order to open my mind to differences and find solutions in that effect​

Mugurel Patrichi3011/23/2022 10:16 AM11/23/2022 10:16 AM
Posted: 12/2/2022 8:51 PM
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  • LIVITCHI V. MARIA-ELENA

​Recently I caught myself getting so upset after a disscusion with a girl coming from the south of my country. We discovered that we call some things differently, also we have a different way of cooking some traditional foods. Our country is so tiny, but the differences were so big! It was unbelievable for a moment. For me it was interesting to discover that, but at one point she was going a little bit mad and I noticed a somehow judging attitude coming from her about people from the other part of the country she grew up into. I was shocked so I did not talk at all, I took some time to react calm, because my feelings should not be hurt in such situations. I gently smiled, but I think that the next time I will try to have a friendly conversation about it, because I appreciate the differences and want to help people see it in a good light. ​

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LIVITCHI V. MARIA-ELENA

​Recently I caught myself getting so upset after a disscusion with a girl coming from the south of my country. We discovered that we call some things differently, also we have a different way of cooking some traditional foods. Our country is so tiny, but the differences were so big! It was unbelievable for a moment. For me it was interesting to discover that, but at one point she was going a little bit mad and I noticed a somehow judging attitude coming from her about people from the other part of the country she grew up into. I was shocked so I did not talk at all, I took some time to react calm, because my feelings should not be hurt in such situations. I gently smiled, but I think that the next time I will try to have a friendly conversation about it, because I appreciate the differences and want to help people see it in a good light. ​

Mugurel Patrichi3012/2/2022 8:51 PM12/2/2022 8:51 PM
Posted: 12/4/2022 10:08 PM
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  • Jose Torres

​I had lived the majority of my life in the United States up until I moved to Paris, France at the age of 19. It was there where my social circle became very diverse and I became comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed interacting and establishing relationships with people who may come from different culture. 

One particular scenario that I can remember as being a worthy life lesson was when I first met a now good friend from Kenya. She was mentioning how foreign the concept of having dogs as pets was to her because where she came from that was not the norm. She explained how she saw it as a very luxurious thing to do, as having enough money to sustain a pet is quite the priviledge. Personally, I had not really seen it from that perspective and genuinely expressed excitment and curiosity to hear more about her thoughts on the topic and on many others there after. 

I learned that by being genuine and showing real excitment and curiousity to learn about new perspectives and learn her culture through her, that she was also excited and willing to express those things. Rather than approaching her as an exotic foreign figure whose views and believes are by default wrong because they are not mine, I approached her with open-mindedness and willingness to learn. This is an important characteristic that I believe is vital when in an interculturally diverse environment.​

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  • Jose Torres
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Jose Torres

​I had lived the majority of my life in the United States up until I moved to Paris, France at the age of 19. It was there where my social circle became very diverse and I became comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed interacting and establishing relationships with people who may come from different culture. 

One particular scenario that I can remember as being a worthy life lesson was when I first met a now good friend from Kenya. She was mentioning how foreign the concept of having dogs as pets was to her because where she came from that was not the norm. She explained how she saw it as a very luxurious thing to do, as having enough money to sustain a pet is quite the priviledge. Personally, I had not really seen it from that perspective and genuinely expressed excitment and curiosity to hear more about her thoughts on the topic and on many others there after. 

I learned that by being genuine and showing real excitment and curiousity to learn about new perspectives and learn her culture through her, that she was also excited and willing to express those things. Rather than approaching her as an exotic foreign figure whose views and believes are by default wrong because they are not mine, I approached her with open-mindedness and willingness to learn. This is an important characteristic that I believe is vital when in an interculturally diverse environment.​

Mugurel Patrichi3012/4/2022 10:08 PM12/4/2022 10:08 PM
Posted: 12/6/2022 3:28 PM
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  • DARIE I. LAVINIA TEODORA

​This summer, I made some friends who were albanians and honestly, they appeared strange and scary to me. While we interacted, I came to realize that being (maybe) a bit loud and not smiling politely at others was just a normal behavior to them. More over, discussing, we discovered that we have many things in common. Still, what sparked interest in me is how they viewed foreign countries as such opportunity and effort to get into, since they need a visa and can only be there for a limited amount of time. I consider that I communicated openly to them, I put aside possible judgements and came to understand better a culture and some people who I never encountered before.

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  • DARIE I. LAVINIA TEODORA
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DARIE I. LAVINIA TEODORA

​This summer, I made some friends who were albanians and honestly, they appeared strange and scary to me. While we interacted, I came to realize that being (maybe) a bit loud and not smiling politely at others was just a normal behavior to them. More over, discussing, we discovered that we have many things in common. Still, what sparked interest in me is how they viewed foreign countries as such opportunity and effort to get into, since they need a visa and can only be there for a limited amount of time. I consider that I communicated openly to them, I put aside possible judgements and came to understand better a culture and some people who I never encountered before.

Mugurel Patrichi3012/6/2022 3:28 PM12/6/2022 3:28 PM
Posted: 9/28/2023 12:05 AM
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  • Tin Horvat
​This summer, when I was working in a warehouse in Croatia as my student job for that summer, I meet a nice Filipino men by the name of Jason. He was the employee in the same part of the warehouse as me. Since my first day he was very nice to me and every 5 minuate brake we would chat with each other about his life in Croatia and Philippines​ and I would try to understand his motives for moving out of Philippines and why he came to Croatia, hes way of living, beliefs and etc., also I tried to give him some usefull tips on how to make his adaptation to our culture as easy as possible​​​​.​


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  • Tin Horvat
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Tin Horvat
​This summer, when I was working in a warehouse in Croatia as my student job for that summer, I meet a nice Filipino men by the name of Jason. He was the employee in the same part of the warehouse as me. Since my first day he was very nice to me and every 5 minuate brake we would chat with each other about his life in Croatia and Philippines​ and I would try to understand his motives for moving out of Philippines and why he came to Croatia, hes way of living, beliefs and etc., also I tried to give him some usefull tips on how to make his adaptation to our culture as easy as possible​​​​.​


Mugurel Patrichi309/28/2023 12:05 AM9/28/2023 12:05 AM
Posted: 9/28/2023 1:03 AM
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  • Nabil Salmi El Hichou
Last year when I went to Ghent in Belgium I was able to witness a strange situation in a supermarket, they gave me advice on how to pay for the shopping basket and I met a girl who helped me integrate into everyday life and we started talking about culture, traditions etc. Because for them I was like an alien hahaha because of my way of trying to live like them and from that day I discovered that each person has a different culture by default and it is impossible to change one's personality since this factor is born and not made.
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  • Nabil Salmi El Hichou
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Nabil Salmi El Hichou
Last year when I went to Ghent in Belgium I was able to witness a strange situation in a supermarket, they gave me advice on how to pay for the shopping basket and I met a girl who helped me integrate into everyday life and we started talking about culture, traditions etc. Because for them I was like an alien hahaha because of my way of trying to live like them and from that day I discovered that each person has a different culture by default and it is impossible to change one's personality since this factor is born and not made.
Mugurel Patrichi309/28/2023 1:03 AM9/28/2023 1:03 AM
Posted: 9/28/2023 1:57 AM
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Picture Placeholder: Filip Janičić
  • Filip Janičić

During the summer in Croatia I met some family friends that are from the USA, friends from Germany, Italy and some tourists from Czech Republic. With all of them I enjoyed conversations about basic daily things we do differently, comparing lifestyles and things that we enjoy considering the differences in our cultures.  I found it interesting that we all want some things others have. For example, the USA would love low cost education, Czechs and Germans our nature and islands and quick access to the Adriatic sea, and I would like the high paying jobs and business opportunities which USA or Germany offers.​

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  • Filip Janičić
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Filip Janičić

During the summer in Croatia I met some family friends that are from the USA, friends from Germany, Italy and some tourists from Czech Republic. With all of them I enjoyed conversations about basic daily things we do differently, comparing lifestyles and things that we enjoy considering the differences in our cultures.  I found it interesting that we all want some things others have. For example, the USA would love low cost education, Czechs and Germans our nature and islands and quick access to the Adriatic sea, and I would like the high paying jobs and business opportunities which USA or Germany offers.​

Mugurel Patrichi309/28/2023 1:57 AM9/28/2023 1:57 AM
Posted: 9/28/2023 7:15 PM
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  • Josip Šarić

As I work in the tourism sector, in the summer I meet people from different countries where we talk about various cultural differences. One of the examples is where tourists from Poland would like to have the coast and the Adriatic Sea like Croatia.

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  • Josip Šarić
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Josip Šarić

As I work in the tourism sector, in the summer I meet people from different countries where we talk about various cultural differences. One of the examples is where tourists from Poland would like to have the coast and the Adriatic Sea like Croatia.

Mugurel Patrichi309/28/2023 7:15 PM9/28/2023 7:15 PM
Posted: 9/28/2023 10:12 PM
Picture Placeholder: Lovre Raffanelli
Picture Placeholder: Lovre Raffanelli
  • Lovre Raffanelli

​I have a friend who is ethnically Croatian but was born in USA. One time we had a huge disagreement ​​about Russian people, as he claimed that they were all bad (even before the russo-ukranian conflict) and I've claimed otherwise, having many pleasant experiences with Russian people in my country and abroad.​

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  • Lovre Raffanelli
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Lovre Raffanelli

​I have a friend who is ethnically Croatian but was born in USA. One time we had a huge disagreement ​​about Russian people, as he claimed that they were all bad (even before the russo-ukranian conflict) and I've claimed otherwise, having many pleasant experiences with Russian people in my country and abroad.​

Mugurel Patrichi309/28/2023 10:12 PM9/28/2023 10:12 PM
Posted: 9/29/2023 12:45 PM
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Picture Placeholder: Anastácia Chihai
  • Anastácia Chihai

​In Moldova there are different values than the portuguese ones so when I'm there with my family I feel like I have to adjust myself so that I don't get judged.

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  • Anastácia Chihai
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Anastácia Chihai

​In Moldova there are different values than the portuguese ones so when I'm there with my family I feel like I have to adjust myself so that I don't get judged.

Mugurel Patrichi309/29/2023 12:45 PM9/29/2023 12:45 PM
Posted: 9/29/2023 2:00 PM
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  • Ricardo Teixeira da Costa Pereira

​I have a friend that is from Moldova. One day he invited me to ​dinner in his house. I was a bit reticent, because he told me that he would his mom would make some traditional food (I don't remember the name, but it wa​s something like, stuffed bell pepers). I accepted the invitation and out of respect I ate them. Turns out that I really liked the food, and to this day I always accept invitations from him that involve traditional food.​​

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  • Ricardo Teixeira da Costa Pereira
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Ricardo Teixeira da Costa Pereira

​I have a friend that is from Moldova. One day he invited me to ​dinner in his house. I was a bit reticent, because he told me that he would his mom would make some traditional food (I don't remember the name, but it wa​s something like, stuffed bell pepers). I accepted the invitation and out of respect I ate them. Turns out that I really liked the food, and to this day I always accept invitations from him that involve traditional food.​​

Mugurel Patrichi309/29/2023 2:00 PM9/29/2023 2:00 PM
Posted: 9/29/2023 3:45 PM
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Picture Placeholder: Celia Oliva Rueda
  • Celia Oliva Rueda

I never reacted in an intercultural sensitive way, but a couple of times I felt a clash between cultures. On one occasion, I worked with asian people, and I realized that they avoided physical contact, like giving two kisses or hugging, something that is very normal in Spain. I realized that my gesture might have been misinterpreted or perceived as invasive from their cultural perspective, since in China, physical contact in the work environment is generally more reserved. 

On another occasion, I worked with people from Poland. They had a strong work culture where everyone was expected to be available during certain specific hours of the day. This clashed with my previous experience, which encouraged flexible schedules and autonomy at work.

In both cases, the solution was open communication and empathy, to adjust to the other's culture.​


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Celia Oliva Rueda

I never reacted in an intercultural sensitive way, but a couple of times I felt a clash between cultures. On one occasion, I worked with asian people, and I realized that they avoided physical contact, like giving two kisses or hugging, something that is very normal in Spain. I realized that my gesture might have been misinterpreted or perceived as invasive from their cultural perspective, since in China, physical contact in the work environment is generally more reserved. 

On another occasion, I worked with people from Poland. They had a strong work culture where everyone was expected to be available during certain specific hours of the day. This clashed with my previous experience, which encouraged flexible schedules and autonomy at work.

In both cases, the solution was open communication and empathy, to adjust to the other's culture.​


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