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The way I see it, many people have a general curiosity about other cultures, but they either can’t or don’t want to follow through.
The truth is, that’s probably not all that surprising. Curiosity is essential, but it isn’t strong enough to get them to do something for most people.
There are so many personal benefits to living in another culture:
- The ability to see the world differently.
- You will learn a lot about yourself and your own culture.
- We are getting ready for the workforce of the future, which is made up of people from all over the world and needs a lot of cross-cultural skills.
- I am making every day a learning experience.
It will now go over two main points. First, I’ll talk about some of the biggest problems people have when they try to get to know a new country. Next, I’ll talk about some ways to fully immerse yourself in other cultures so you can learn about them.
Barriers to fully immersing yourself in a culture
Barrier #1: Cultural immersion takes a lot of time and energy
This is a problem for cultural immersion, but it is also what makes it so important and influential.
You can learn about different cultures for the rest of your life and still only scratch the surface.
It doesn’t matter how much energy you spend studying a foreign culture. You won’t know everything there is to know.
Each culture is made up of the wisdom that hundreds of generations of its ancestors and the people who live in that culture now have learned over time.
For another thing, there are a million and one ways for people to live all over the world. When we talk about culture, national cultures are just the surface of it all starts.
This is a job that people do for the rest of their lives.
Intercultural communication is not something you can learn about for a while, then think of yourself as someone good at it.
Instead, you’ll have to figure out ways to make cultural immersion a part of your daily life instead of a one-time thing.
Your friends and family. The items you do. Where you live, the environment you spend time in. Books you read.
Every part of your life needs to be changed so that you can fully immerse yourself in the process.
Barrier #2: Cultural immersion requires a lot of creativity and self-discipline
No one will tell you to “go and learn more about other cultures!” At least it’s infrequent. I know someone taking part in a program run by Samsung called the “regional experts program.”
It’s called something like that. This means that it sends high-performing employees to one country for two years, where they spend most of their time learning about the country’s language and culture.
During this time, they don’t do any work, but they still get paid for it. Anyway, I’m going off on my own.
These programs, which are very few and hard to come by, are the only way to get to know other cultures.
Plus, there aren’t any well-defined learning goals in this class. Sometimes, you don’t understand how this learning process will help you grow as a person.
So, to make cultural immersion a part of your life, you’ll need a lot of original thought. Suppose for a moment that you are still living there.
How would you ensure that you always had chances to learn about another culture? If you look on the internet, you might be able to find people who use Skype.
When you talk to people from another culture on Skype, you start to build a friendship. Find out if there is a “Chinese networking group” in your city that meets once a month and lets people who want to learn more about the culture join.
Getting to know a new culture can be done in many different ways, but it takes a lot of work, creativity, and motivation to find them.
When the king goes to another country, he learns about other cultures. It takes a lot of planning, looking for information, preparing, and having the strength to do it.
Barrier #3: Cultural immersion makes people feel bad
To truly become a part of a new culture, you have to go through any pain. Adapting to a new culture causes two main types of pain.
A friend of mine had said this very well before. A lot of things you thought were true turned out to be wrong.
This was the first thing that made you feel bad. Second, the pain of having beliefs that are very different from what you are used to.
If you want to avoid pain, your instincts tell you to do that. This is true for all kinds of growth. People get hurt when they work out, work too hard, or work for a long time.
The pain doesn’t go away for a long time when you live in another culture. So when you question your core beliefs and change them, you feel pain.
The pain lasts for a long time until you are in the new cultural environment where your thoughts are changed.
The only thing you can do here is to remind yourself that this pain is essential to move forward and that it is the start of a process of personal change a critical part of your growth.