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Jun

Tao po!

Written By Raju Mandhyan SANDWICHED between the mountains Banahaw and San Cristobal in the province of Quezon, Dhamma Phala, a meditation center, is surrounded by scores of coconut and mango trees and banana plants. The sky there is so blue and clear it seems as if it is possible to reach out and touch it. …

21
May

Ten Ways to Observe Memorial Day While Social Distancing

Written by Maria Nadiradze, CAI’s Office Manager Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, to honor the heroic men and women who died in service to the United States. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was coined in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in …

18
May

The MAIN Reason Why Global Companies Are Struggling In Vietnam…And Everywhere Else

Written by: Christian Routin There are diverse reasons why global companies are struggling in Vietnam and elsewhere in the world but ONE is above them ALL. That reason is invisible, intangible but is everywhere at the same time and it is the one that impacts global companies the MOST. The worse is that most of …

4
May

Shhhh…Silence Across Cultures

Written by: CAI Senior Facilitator Jamie Gelbtuch Silence can speak volumes, but what it says is different across cultures.  Just as shared language does not imply shared meaning, shared silence does not either. Silence can be full of significance, answers, or nothing at all. It is a critical tool that impacts the rhythm of communication and …

28
Apr

CAI Interviewed on Propelling Mobility Podcast

Cultural Awareness International (CAI) was pleased to have our Senior Consultant, Mercedes D’Angelo, participate as a subject matter expert on a recent episode of the Propelling Mobility podcast, moderated by Tim McCarney, Vice President of Marketing at Weichert Workforce Mobility. On the podcast, Mercedes D’Angelo and Laura Levenson (Global Practice Leader with Weichert’s Advisory Services Group) …

23
Apr

Ramadan Mubarak from our CAI Family

Written by Mai Hegazy, CAI’s Manager of Global Destination Services  The Holy month of Ramadan is observed by about 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is a very special time in Islam. The holy book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) …

9
Apr

How Cultural Differences Impact Getting Global Results in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by: Mary Beth Lamb and Dr. Amy Tolbert   Why are national solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic so different? And what makes some approaches more successful than others?  National and regional cultural differences are key factors that are often overlooked. By looking through four key national and regional cultural lenses, we can gain new …

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Mar

CAI Recommended in Relocate Magazine for Repatriation Services

Cultural Awareness International (CAI) was pleased to be mentioned as a valuable resource in the following article written by David Sapsted in Relocate Magazine on managing the challenges that come along with repatriation. Many difficulties can exist with employees and their families when returning to and transitioning back to their country of origin. According to ...
31
Jan

Lunar New Year Part Three: Trainer Traditions

The spring cleaning is complete and red packets handed out. Several more of our intercultural trainers shared with us the way in which they prepare for and celebrate the Lunar New Year now that it is here! In our final blog post of our 2020 Lunar New Year series, read about the traditions of some …

28
Jan

Lunar New Year Part Two: Red Packets

Happy Lunar New Year 2020! A vital part of Lunar New Year celebrations is the preparing and gifting of red packets. Also known as red envelopes, lai see (Cantonese), or hongbao (Mandarin), these red packets usually contain money and are given to the important people in one’s life before the New Year begins. In the …

22
Jan

Lunar New Year Part One: A Week in the Life- Preparing for Lunar New Year in Singapore

Happy Lunar New Year 2020! Lunar New will begin on January 25, 2020. This year, we approached several of our intercultural trainers across Asia to understand what the Lunar New Year looks like from their personal perspective. For the first of the series, take a look into how one of CAI’s intercultural facilitators in Singapore, …

6
Sep

Enkutatash – Ethiopian New Year

Thursday, September 12th, marks the first day of the first month – known as Meskerem – of the new year for both Ethiopia and Eritrea. The name “Enkutatash” translates to “Gift of Jewels” and alludes to a centuries-old tale of Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon. She brought a range of gifts for the …

5
Feb

“Chunyun”: China’s Annual Mass Migration

Springtime is swiftly approaching and the Lunar New Year has arrived! Chinese New Year follows the Lunar calendar. This means that while the exact date changes every year, the New Year day typically falls between mid-January and mid-February. This year Chinese New Year, celebrating the year of the Earth Pig, falls on February 5th and …

2
Nov

Honoring the Dead: Mexico’s Día de los Muertos

By: Ivonne Juraidini Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the lives of deceased loved ones. It is a tradition that originated from indigenous rituals and eventually blended with Catholic elements as a result of Spanish influence.  The holiday takes place over two days: November 1st and …

16
Aug

The Power of Art

Art is a powerful thing. From the moment that humankind could, we started thinking creatively. Explaining and depicting the world around us. From the earliest cave drawings in South Africa which date back 164 thousand years to the well-known cave paintings in Europe that date 40 thousand years, humans have always been moved to art. …

9
Mar

2018: Daylight Savings Time

Spring is a season many of us look forward to every year. It is a time of year where flowers bloom, trees wake up, and the temperatures rise again! It also includes Daylight Savings Time, and 2018 marks its 100th anniversary. This year it begins on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m. While not every …

16
Feb

Year of the Dog

It is that time of year again; Lunar New Year is upon us. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, which is part of the 12-year animal zodiac cycle. For more information, read here. More than one billion people around the world are preparing to celebrate. Although Lunar New Year has its roots in the ancient …

13
Nov

CAI News Flash

Priscila Montana, President & CEO of Cultural Awareness International (CAI),  spoke at the Women and International Commerce event this past Saturday on November 11, 2017. Held in conjunction with the Chilean Association, this summit brought together women from every industry to participate in an open dialogue regarding women in the workplace, in particular women of …

19
Jul

China: Expats’ Family Matters

China is a very interesting country but for most transitioning employees it is a hard country to live and work in.  An executive’s success does not only depend on how well adjusted he or she is in the new environment but also how well adjusted his or her family is.  According to Betsy Neidel, a …

13
Jul

Repatriation: Challenges Faced when Coming Home

Imagine going abroad to live in an unfamiliar place then coming back home to a similar unfamiliarity. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many expatriates. There is a popular misconception about expatriates coming home in that everything will be fine and everything will be like it used to be. Expats often expect to return to …

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