Understanding research from different cultures
Hae-Ra Han focuses on culture and introduces five new Nurse Researcher articles relating to the subject now available online and in print
I still remember the culture shock I experienced when I arrived in the US from South Korea more than a decade ago: most people drove a car rather than walked, social gatherings were family-oriented rather than based on age or gender, and the Baltimore Orioles baseball team were called the ‘O’s as if they were close friends of the family. I was fascinated by the different looks, skin colours and languages which I had never seen or heard before.
I have since been ‘acculturated’ and find it amusing when I visit my home country to see so many people walking or using public transport, all looking similar and only speaking in Korean.
The fluidity of culture...
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