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Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier
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Apr 07, 2012

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My Guatemala team for summer 2012 read this in preparation for our trip. It was an easy read and very practical for preparing our team to visit and engage with another culture.

The premise is that there are some major differences culturally between hot and cold climates, one being more relational and then other more task oriented. It was true to my travels and she is quite qualified to make these observations having lived in multiple countries. She explores communication (direct/indirect), identity (group/individual), group dynamics (privacy/inclusion), time/scheduling, hospitality/food and history (old/young culture and social structure).

The book was helpful, but is not a thorough look at the subject. A reader might want a list of other books on the topic since it is so brief.

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