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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570756252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570756252
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Uses proverbs and slang phrases as a way of exploring popular culture, which turns out to be a surprisingly fresh way of getting at ethical and cultural truths. Check out the proverbs on fun, time, and self-esteem for insights into some of the essentials of individualism and the quest for success and variety in life. --Spirituality and Health

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Stan Nussbaum, author of The Reader s Guide to Transforming Mission, has many years of experience working in Africa and has traveled the globe, constantly seeking to understand the dynamics of relationships between Americans and peoples of other cultures

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Fenrick on September 23, 2009
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One of the greatest weaknesses in intercultural education is the failure to learn about one's own culture. Nearly all of the educational effort is centered on learning about cultural "lenses" and how those lenses are reflected in other cultures. Perhaps one of the most important and necessary skills for living in another culture and working in a multicultural society is learning about the characteristics of one's own culture. Stan Nussbaum calls this being aware of one's "cultural baggage," which can be a hindrance to successfully crossing cultures.

Nussbaum creates a list of the "10 Commandments" of U.S. culture using idioms and proverbs from the dominant U.S. culture. He then uses stories, cartoons, and hundreds of other idioms/sayings to reinforce those top ten cultural values. He also includes exercises for discussion and practice. The book reads easily as it is written for a wide audience, including internationals and immigrants so they might better understand the dominant U.S. culture.
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By Mary on December 4, 2013
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This is a quick read that will help you see what we assume is the status quo from the american point of view. I could identify with a lot of the bullet points in the book. The What to watch out for and ask an american sections at the end of each chapter were very helpful as well. Worth the read!
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This is a book I use for those who have lived in another country and are now returning to the United States. It helps them get acclimated back into life in the U.S.
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