Category Archives: Culture

Graduation show of cultural pride stirred surprising reaction

Kalā Kaawa was nervous at his college graduation, but not for the usual reasons. As Carla Herreria writes on the Huffington Post, the surprise Kaawa planned for the University of Hawaii’s commencement went far beyond the pranks that some grads … Continue reading

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Skills that bosses want but schools seldom teach

Soft skills such as cultural competence got a boost in the Wall Street Journal from CIO Journal columnist Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who wrote about the skills that execs seek in people who have the hard skills of engineering and business. One … Continue reading

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International students start new year in a new country

WILX-TV did this report on how “100 Questions and Answers About Americans” is being used to help Michigan State University’s 7,000 international students get used to their host country. The Office of International Students and Scholars, which helps those students … Continue reading

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‘White is the new black’ trips over culture, context

A “White is the new Black” T-shirt is being denounced in the United States as racist. The objections come during violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. The shirt was made by Zara, … Continue reading

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Guide for international students now available

“100 Questions and Answers About Americans,” written by U.S. students for international students, is now available on Amazon. Guides are available in paperback and in digital formats. This cultural competence guide explains American behaviors, values, language and differences. Questions include: … Continue reading

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Indian-American Miss America endures racial backlash

Miss America Nina Davuluri said she will try to rise above racist comments about her Indian-American heritage and inaccurate comments that said she is Arab-American, Newsday reports. Davuluri had said her platform for the competition was “celebrating diversity through cultural … Continue reading

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100 Questions and Answers About Indian Americans going into production

The 100-question-and-answer guide about Indians in America is moving into production. This is the first guide in a cultural competence series being published by the Michigan State University School of Journalism. We plan cultural competence guides about Arab Americans, Native … Continue reading

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Cultural competence and teacher evaluatons

Lack of cultural competence is accused in the controversial issue of teacher evaluations in Memphis. The New York Times reports.

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