What the US and China Share: Core Virtues

What the US and China Share: Core Virtues

I love Chinese culture. And I love US culture. I love and value both equally. I wouldn’t trade what I have learned from both cultures for the world. In the midst of this cold war narrative between two of the most powerful nations on Earth, I feel I need to share my story of cross-cultural identity and what I’ve learned over time.

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Culture Shock in a Cup

Culture Shock in a Cup

Back in the day when I worked for a study abroad program in China, a dear friend of mine shared a metaphor with me that I feel represents cultural adjustment and culture shock well. He displayed a cup that was filled with water and described how throughout our lives we fill this cup up with our own culture -- our own values, beliefs, and ways of doing things. However, when we travel and integrate into new cultures, we often don’t have enough room in our cups. The key is to recognize this and work on the ability to completely empty our cups when entering a new culture. Let that new culture fill us up so we can learn and absorb. Then, when we travel and enter another new culture, empty once again. Repeat and grow.

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Cross-Cultural Education: The Bridges in Our Stories

Cross-Cultural Education: The Bridges in Our Stories

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” – Paulo Coelho

The term “cross-cultural education” is quite the umbrella. Applicable, flexible, and vague at most. What does cross-cultural education even mean, for that matter? Or a better question -- why is it so important in this day and age? 

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Redefining Education: Experience and Dewey's Wise Words

Redefining Education:  Experience and Dewey's Wise Words

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself” – John Dewey

I’m sure many of you have heard this quote before, or some rendition of it. Or something along the lines of “experience is the greatest teacher.” It’s true. At least, that’s what I’ve come to believe in my journey as an educator and as a regular human being just like yourselves. We often stamp the word “education” on the academic world without looking a little bit deeper at what is right at our fingertips. It’s everywhere. We are in a constant flow of learning all the time, from the smallest minute shift in daily routine to grand travels to new cultures that transform our value systems and self-understanding. Truly everywhere.

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The XY Diaries: Introduction

The XY Diaries: Introduction

Dearest XY Bridges family,

We are proud to announce the official launching of XY Bridges’ new blog, The XY Diaries. 热烈欢迎!Our blog will focus on cross cultural education specifically looking at the US and China/Taiwan narrative. Obviously, this is a very sensitive topic considering the current political climate, however we aim to provide insight and hopeful outlook on what we believe to be the key to building bridges between these two profoundly different worlds.

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