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Cross-Cultural Competence (3C)

Regarding Culture - From the Far Side

Have a laugh at some of these comics from The Far Side by Gary Larson.

Metacognitive Strategies for Making Sense of Cross-Cultural Encounters

As cross-cultural interactions become more commonplace and of shorter durations, understanding the abilities that enable some sojourners to function competently in unfamiliar cultural contexts is increasingly important. The present investigation took a cognitive science approach to the problem of cross-cultural competence, examining metacognitive strategies for dealing with puzzling interactions.

Cross Cultural Competency and Leader Development

Army Leader Exchange - Culture is a TED Talks styled leader development series ideally suited for Professional Military Education and RAF audiences.

Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute helps to preserve and promote culture online by bringing together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.

Korean-American Soldiers Bridge Cultures

The linked article from DoD News talks about how the U.S. Army works to integrate with the Korean are staff at the joint operation center and in major exercises.

General Assembly of the United Nations, Social, Humanitarian Cultural Commitee

The General Assembly allocates to its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as the "Third Committee", agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world.

Knowing and Understanding Latin America is both a Challenge and an Opportunity

Knowing the region of Latin America is a task that requires research in the geographical physical environment, the social structure of the region and its respective countries, the beliefs systems that inspire it, the economy that supports it, and the governing political structures leading it. However, understanding the "cosmic race" (Zelms, p. 3) is a formidable task demanding total emersion with its people, its partnerships, its platforms, and its power as an evolving and transforming race.

What’s Wrong With Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Subjective Likert Scales?: The Reference-Group Effect

Social comparison theory maintains that people think about themselves compared with similar others.  Those in one culture, then, compare themselves with different others and standards than do those in another culture, thus potentially confounding cross-cultural comparisons.

Using Individualism and Collectivism to Compare Cultures— A Critique of the Validity and Measurement of the Constructs: Comment on Oyserman et al.

The author examines the following limitations of research on individualism and collectivism: It treats nations as cultures and culture as a continuous quantitative variable; conflates all kinds of social relations and distinct types of autonomy; ignores contextual specificity in norms and values; measures culture as the personal preferences and behavior reports of individuals; rarely establishes the external validity of the measures used; assumes cultural invariance in the meaning of self-reports and anchoring and interpretation of scales; and reduces culture to explicit, abstract verbal knowledge.

Universalism Versus Cultural Relativism: Improving DDR Programming

This report presents an overview of what the universalists and cultural relativists argue are the main problems and difficulties of current disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes for child soldiers.