Culture Shock – A Study Case


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As a result of a new pattern developed by recent research, emerges a new model of culture shock; an educational, growth model which emphasises the potential positive consequences of culture shock. An anecdotal illustration to this new concept of culture shock is the experience of a friend who came in the UK to stay only for a few months. When she first arrived in London her language skills were very low and it was the first time she had left her home country.

After the initial month, when she experienced a high sense of enthusiasm and curiosity towards the new environment, she soon experienced and came to terms with the feeling of uncertainty, ambiguity and loss. She started feeling lonely and was missing her home friends and family. She would tell me, she found people to be distant and individualistic not placing the right significance on the values of family and friendship.

In addition, she perceived the weather to be one of her main concerns as she was used to a Mediterranean climate. As she had to support her studies of the English language she had to look for a part time job. When she started looking, she felt terribly stressed as she could hardly speak the language and people did not seem to be sympathetic with her situation.

Soon she felt anger towards the host people and the new way of doing things which she had to learn in order to carry out daily life activities. She would feel totally lost when taking the bus and the underground. Sometimes, she told me the bus did not even stop because it was too crowed and she was left standing outside in the rain in disbelief as in her home country buses would stop anyway to try to get as many people on. Moreover, she did not pay attention to the queue lines and found getting shouted at for jumping the queue.

The work interviews were a complete failure as her language skills were not good enough. As a result of these incidents, she considered going back home as the stress was too much to bear. Confronted with a sense of failure, she then decided to stay and undertake the challenge of fitting in the new environment, no matter how hard it would have been to succeed. At this stage, she focused more on her language studies and prepared a speech for the interviews. After many rejections, she was so stubborn that she found a job in a fast food chain in central London. She felt reborn, she made friends at work and felt her language skills were improving day by day. She felt part of the host country’s social life and began to embrace those cultural differences which previously made her feel stressed and miserable.

At times she would still experience a sense of loss and uncertainty but she would cope with difficulties in a much better way which did not result in major crises. Over time, this cyclical process of adjustment became more and more rewarding until when she was actually able to master the host country language and deal with people from different backgrounds. Believing in her abilities, she decided to further her studies and ended up going to University and working in a office. Eventually, what it was supposed to be a sojourn of one year resulted in a stay of several years during when she developed valuable new skills and improved her existing ones.

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Father’s day around the world


It’s on the 19th of March in Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries, it’s on the third Sunday of June in the UK, Costa Rica, Turkey, South Africa and many more countries. Father’s day seems to vary a lot and sometimes when you live in the UK, you are Italian and your father lives in Costa Rica is a bit confusing. However, I stick to my culture with the 19th of March, even though I have been living abroad for very long time. So, I wonder even though we live abroad do we remain deeply rooted in our culture, do we integrate with the host culture enough?

Father’s day was actually created to complement Mother’s Day, for the first time in the US in the 20th century. Today is celebrated all over the world on different months. In catholic countries it is celebrated on the feast of St Joseph and in Italy we even have a dessert named after such a Saint, le zeppole di San Giuseppe.

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Are you curious to know where and when is this event celebrated? Here is a list taken from Wikipedia. Enjoy it

Gregorian calendar
Occurrence Dates Country
February 23 Russia (Defender of the Fatherland Day[23])*
March 19 Andorra (Dia del Pare)
Belgium (Antwerp)
Mozambique (Dia do Pai)
Bolivia
Honduras[24]
Croatia[25]
Italy (Festa del Papà)
Switzerland (Canton Ticino)
Liechtenstein
Portugal (Dia do Pai)
Spain (Día del Padre)
May 8 South Korea (Parents’ Day)
Second Sunday of May May 12, 2013
May 11, 2014
May 10, 2015
Romania[26] (Ziua Tatălui)
Third Sunday of May May 19, 2013
May 18, 2014
May 17, 2015
Tonga
Ascension Day May 9, 2013
May 29, 2014
May 14, 2015
Germany
First Sunday of June Jun 2, 2013
Jun 1, 2014
Jun 7, 2015
Lithuania (Tėvo diena)
Switzerland
June 5 Denmark[27] (also Constitution Day)
Second Sunday of June Jun 9, 2013
Jun 8, 2014
Jun 14, 2015
Austria
Belgium
Third Sunday of June Jun 16, 2013
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 21, 2015
Afghanistan[citation needed]
Albania[citation needed]
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina[28]
Aruba
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Brunei Darussalam
Canada
Cambodia
Chile[29]
People’s Republic of China**
Colombia
Costa Rica[30]
Cuba[31]
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Dominica
Ecuador
Ethiopia
France
Ghana
Greece
Guyana
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Ireland
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Laos
Macau
Madagascar
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico[32]
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Netherlands
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Panama[33]
Paraguay
Peru[34]
Philippines[35]
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe[36]
June 17 El Salvador[37] Guatemala[38]
June 21 Lebanon[39]
Egypt
Jordan
Palestine
Syria
Uganda
June 23 Nicaragua Poland
Last Sunday of June Jun 30, 2013
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 28, 2015
Haiti
Second Sunday of July Jul 14, 2013
Jul 13, 2014
Jul 12, 2015
Uruguay
Last Sunday of July Jul 28, 2013
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 26, 2015
Dominican Republic
August 8 Taiwan
Second Sunday of August Aug 11, 2013
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 9, 2015
Brazil
Samoa
First Sunday of September Sep 1, 2013
Sep 7, 2014
Sep 6, 2015
Australia
Fiji
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Second Sunday of September Sep 8, 2013
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 13, 2015
Latvia
Third Sunday of September Sep 15, 2013
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 20, 2015
Lithuania
Ukraine
First Sunday of October Oct 6, 2013
Oct 5, 2014
Oct 4, 2015
Luxembourg
Second Sunday of November Nov 10, 2013
Nov 9, 2014
Nov 8, 2015
Estonia (Isadepäev)
Finland (Isänpäivä)
Iceland
Norway
Sweden
November 12 Indonesia
December 5 Thailand (The birthday of King Bhumibol)[40]
December 26 Bulgaria
Hindu calendar
Definition Sample dates Country/Territory
BhadrapadaAmavasya
(Gokarna Aunsi)
Between 30 August and 30 September Nepal[41]
Islamic calendar
Occurrence Sample dates Country/Territory
13 Rajab June 16, 2011 Iran
Somalia
Sudan
Mauritania