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Shining in Shanghai!

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Marika Gillis

on 6 May 2015

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Transcript of Shining in Shanghai!

What is culture?
What is culture shock?
5 Stages
of Culture Shock

Honeymoon Stage

How to deal with culture shock?
What if !@?!
We can describe culture shock as the physical and emotional discomfort and disorientation one suffers when living in a country or a place
different from the place of origin.
Symptoms: boredom, homesickness, excessive sleep, stereotyping, hostility, anger, emotionally sensitive

Distress Stage

Re-integration Stage

Autonomy Stage

Independence Stage

You feel excited and curious about everything around you. You take new things in and feel adventurous. You do not miss your "home" that much. In this stage people are generally happy and elated.

Honeymoon Stage
Distress Stage
Re-integration Stage
Autonomy Stage
You start to appreciate your surroundings and are turning back to normal. You go out. You take the differences in and look at them from a more curious and humorous perspective

Independence Stage
You are finally back to normal. You feel confident and are able to make your own decisions. You know how to tackle subway, taxi matters, shopping... You start appreciating the new culture. You start feeling "at home", have great friends and are in sync with yourself again.

You snap out of the honeymoon fairytale. You start to get bored and feel isolated. You start to go CRAZY! You hate everything and everyone around you. You miss your old life… You contact your family and lament. They do not always understand your situation. You have emotional ups & downs. Don’t worry, this is completely normal. It means you are adjusting.

Maintain a sense of humor. (Perhaps the most important!)

Know that the move will be a challenge, give yourself time.

Keep in touch with people at home.

Build new friendships.
Engage yourself.
Learn & research as much as you can about the new location before you go.

Be open-minded and do not compare to your home country

Stay active, join SEA events, eat well, and get enough sleep.

Bring a few touches of home with you.

Shining in Shanghai!
How to thrive as an expat...
What is culture?
Who am I?
Who are you?
What is culture shock?
What are the stages?
How to shine and thrive?
Culture is "how things are done around here".
How we should interact with each other, what we “know” about the world, how we should respond to our social and material environments.
They are the behaviors, beliefs and values we learned and adapted from a young age.

An excellent analogy for understanding the cultural process is to see culture as the
through which people in a specific group view the world.

Different cultures can be found in families, schools, companies, cities, states, countries, in different generations...
It is reflected in religions, morals, customs, technologies...
It affects how we work
how we parent
how we understand health
how we party
how we travel
how we eat
5 Cultural Lenses
What cultures are these?
Why is Asia so confusing?
BIG or small: size matters

Treat yourself to some "me time": massage, pedicure, manicure...
Many thanks!
Be grateful for this chance to explore, discover new things and for the opportunity to personal growth
ABCDE technique

Distract / Dispute

Walking - look both ways, a lot
Personal space - elbows out
Lines or queues - mostly ignored
Spitting - Burping
Throwing garbage on the street
Toddlers with split pants
Pyjamas in broad daylight
Dogs with clothes and shoes and colored hair
Rolled up pants and T-shirts in summer
Walking backwards
Overly curious (shopping cart gets examined)
Recording of the situation and outcome
Redeploy your
My Making It Stick Model:
Positive Emotions
+ Move
+ Eat well
Don't withdraw! Continue to experience the new culture. Get out. Take pics!

You realize you better make the best of this experience. After all, it is a peculiar interesting place. People can be friendly as well. There is so much to see and learn. People back home are missing out on this great opportunity. You go to the gym, massage, Mandarin class, SEA events and learn new things, meet new people.
Cross-Cultural Coaching
50% our genes
10% our environment

40% our state of mind, thoughts, behaviors, actions, achievements, learning skills (intrapersonal, release judgement...), activities...
out of our control
in our control
Culture stays/changes
Culture is unique-ness
Culture is same-ness
You - with your background, present and future
Others with their background, present and future
I with my background, present and future
Motivation – your interest & confidence in functioning effectively in culturally diverse settings
Meta-cognition – how you make sense of culturally diverse experiences

Behavior – your capability to adapt your behavior to different cultures

Cognition – your knowledge about how cultures are different and similar
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