As an international visitor to the U.S., do you ever wonder, “Why didn’t my host offer me food or drink?” I think many Internationals find it astonishing (maybe even rude) when they visit an American home or business and aren’t offered food or drink. For these dear friends, let me say that many native-born Americans … Read moreWhy Didn’t They Offer Me Food or Drink?
Holi, also known as The Festival of Colors, is an ancient Hindu holiday that celebrates the victory of good over evil and the coming of Spring. It is marked by general merrymaking, especially the splashing of color all over anyone who comes close! One of the primary legends behind the holiday involves an evil king … Read moreHoli: In Legend and Pictures
This is an excerpt regarding tipping from my book, “10 Things You Need to Know: A Practical Guide for Internationals Moving to the U.S.” I hope it helps! “Tipping in the U.S. can be quite confusing, especially if you come from a country where tipping is discouraged or where a set service charge is normal. … Read moreWhy Do Americans Tip?
I once had an Indian friend tell me about a situation where she gave an American a ride home. When they arrived, the woman thanked her for the ride, got out of the car, and went inside her home. My friend was perplexed and somewhat offended. “Why didn’t she invite me inside?” she thought. Do … Read moreWhy Didn’t She Invite Me Inside?
A few years ago, I was introduced to cultural comics, and I LOVED them! I couldn’t believe no one had told me that whole blogs are based on cultural cartoons. Now I get some cartoons sent to my inbox so that I can read more than serious articles about what’s going on in the world. … Read moreLearning Through Cultural Comics