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Frogs, Caged Birds, Underwear and Camel Humps

By Joe Lurie

November 19, 2013

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What do these four things—frogs, birds, underwear and camel humps—possibly have in common with one another? In the hands of Cultural Detective certified facilitator Joe Lurie, quite a bit, actually. In this series of short video clips, Joe shares with us a couple of proverbs and a few stories on the power of perception. Watch below to learn why some of his Chinese students were utterly shocked…

The first clip is only a minute and a half long. It’s where Joe sets up his story:

 

Ah, the ability to see beyond our pond involves the ability to ALSO see and understand the pond we are in! An all too often forgotten reality in intercultural competence. How can we explain ourselves to others, or help others to adapt to our home, if we ourselves don’t understand the culture in which we live?

The second clip, three minutes long, tells you just why those Chinese students thought his underwear behavior was so strange.

 

 

What do you think? What values show through in the way you do your laundry? In the way you view birds, frogs, and the rest of your world? Email your thoughts to lurie@berkeley.edu or ihalumni@berkeley.edu.