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17
Nov

Profile: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: A Brief Profile Fast Facts Capital: San Juan Population: 3.4 million Currency: US Dollar Languages: Spanish and English Citizenship: USA Geography: Puerto Rico is an archipelago or island chain located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Virgin Islands and east of the Dominican Republic.   Landfall Hurricane Maria …

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 …

1
Jun

Saudi Arabia in the Spotlight

This week CAI brings you a special post with information on the Middle East from a renowned cultural expert, Grace Edwards, who has allowed us to share her expertise. Grace Edwards is a Western businesswoman, cross-cultural consultant, and author with decades of experience in Saudi Arabia and through the Middle East. Grace reveals that the …

4
May

May Day – Traditions Around the World

The 1st of May does not seem like a special time to many people, but it actually stands as a holiday with ancient roots. Though it is also a Labor Day holiday for parts of the world, there are multiple types of celebrations for the day, often involving social activities outside the home with the …

23
Jan

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s that time of year again…Chinese New Year! The longest and arguably most festive and important holiday in China follows the Lunar Calendar and marks the New Year as such.  You’ll hear the phrases “Chinese New Year” and “Spring Festival” used interchangeably, but they mean the same thing. This year, Chinese New Year will be …

22
Dec

Christmas & KFC: A Unique Japanese Tradition

The end of the year is finally upon us, and one of the more prominent holidays is Christmas. Typically Christmas is associated with fir trees, presents, Santa, the birth of Jesus, holiday cheer and togetherness, and fried Chicken. Oh yes, you read that correctly, fried chicken. Japan has its own special way of celebrating Christmas, …

11
Nov

All About the US Election Process

This year has certainly been one of the most dynamic political years the USA has ever seen. Though typically political talk is taboo in social culture within the USA, we’ve seen that line blurred heavily in 2016.  However, when looking at the US election and making decisions about who should lead the country, it’s of …

19
Aug

Parsi New Year: A Time of Renewal and Rejuvenation

The New Year is largely see as a time of renewal, rejuvenation, and restoration regardless, for the most part, of which culture you’re in. And though the New Year is far away in the West, the East is gearing up for a time of celebration. In India, there is a community of people known as …

29
Jul

Vancouver: The Desired Destination for China’s 1%

For centuries, British Columbia-Vancouver in particular-has been a popular destination for Chinese migrants because of its calm pace of life, moderate climate, economic opportunities and most of all, position on the Pacific Rim, as it is closest to the Asian Pacific Rim.

15
Jul

The Power of the Passport

All it really takes is one small book that fits in the palm of your hand to send you to far-off lands, new assignments, great adventures, and fascinating cultures. This small book, the passport, wields enormous power. A passport can limit or free you from the direst circumstances.

30
Jun

Canada Day: Celebrate with Red, White, and Maple

Here in the United States, where CAI is headquartered, we are gearing up to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day on July 4th.  Fireworks, family and friends, and good food will abound to recognize the time long ago, in 1776, when our nation declared its sovereign independence.  But located just north of us stands our neighbor …

2
Jun

Dragon Boat Festival: A Cultural Cornerstone in China

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Tuen Ng or Duanwu Festival, is a holiday that represents a cultural cornerstone for China. How the festival plays out can differ slightly based on geography, but each celebration is as important and valid as the last. Though the festivities can vary, there are some constants: Zongzi, …

19
May

Brazil: Olympic Discord

As the Olympic Games draw near, with Brazil running the show, there is excitement over things to expect: The fan-favorite swimmer, Michael Phelps is returning, strong international competitors abound for practically every field…

13
Apr

Songkran: Buddha’s New Year

Songkran – Thailand’s answer to the New Year – is celebrated with laughs, color, and a lot of water.  Based off the Buddhist and Hindu calendar, April 13th to the 15th marks a new period for everyone. Depending on where you are in Thailand, they may celebrate it a little bit differently. For example, the …

30
Mar

Ripples and Tides of the Bold Brexit

Brexit.  The common slang term uttered as of late signifies a major shift that may occur within the European Union: the U.K. is voting on whether to leave it. The U.K. has contemplated leaving the EU for some time, though only recently have the calls for this type of reform been so loud. There is …

11
Dec

Christmas Traditions: Imported from Germany

WARNING: SANTA SPOILER ALERT! Many of the traditions that Westerners hold so dear during the holiday season actually stem from German folklore. A Christmas tree, commonly the evergreen fir tree, has been used to celebrate winter festivals (both Christian and Pagan) for thousands of years. Some pagans would use the tree or its branches as …

12
Nov

Celebrating the Festival of Light – Diwali in India

Diwali (Deepavali) is one of the biggest festivals for Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness all across India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day celebrated as the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of Lights.’  Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with the holiday. On this auspicious …

6
Aug

Singapore Turns 50

Singapore is 50 years old! In just 50 years, this city-state has gone from swamp land to skyscrapers, and its booming economic structure has created one of the world’s wealthiest populations. In such a short time, and without having natural resources, Singapore has become a worldwide business center that has brought many expats into the …

17
Jul

Cultural Brief: Bastille Day

This past Tuesday was Bastille Day, a French holiday celebrating the country’s independence. The French National Day is celebrated on July 14 and is celebrated to commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, which helped spark the French Revolution. This was the culmination in Paris of a violent revolution that had begun two …

25
Jun

Kids & Culture: Empowered Skateboarders in Afghanistan

The joyous activities that many people experience from recreational sports such as rollerblading and biking are often taken for granted. In Afghanistan, however, there has been a recent emergence of skateboarders, typically females. Afghanistan inhibits a very traditional culture where women often stay within the home. In fact, often, Afghan girls are restricted from participating …

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