Posts by Jeff Katcherian

The riddle that is culture

Culture Academy seeks to share stories that show the strange, interesting, and beautiful ways in which travel inspires us all. Mindy Tauberg is a graduate student of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Here she talks about her experiences studying abroad in Japan inspired her to explore culture the eyes of Muslim and Jewish Americans.  When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester studying abroad in Japan. I had already declared my double majors in anthropology and East Asian studies/Japanese, and I was thrilled to finally be doing the kind of traveling that would enable me
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Why Would You Want an Anthropologist on Your Educational Tour?

Margaret Mead is the most iconic anthropologist the U.S. has produced. At Culture Academy, we love the example she set by offering easy-to-follow explanations about the complex nature of culture, human behavior and diversity that influences who we are, how we behave, how we worship, how we do business and how we love others. In the late 50’s and early 60’s Margaret Mead brought the world into people’s homes with documentaries of world’s so foreign to America. Families often sped home to be there on time for her programs. She presented these worlds with such casual eloquence: “Always remember that
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To Russia with Embarrassment – My first experience abroad

I was very young when I went abroad for the first time. I won’t say when, but my first trip to another country was to Russia, or what was at that time called the Soviet Union (okay fine, I just gave you a hint as to my age). It was the year before the Berlin Wall fell (okay, there’s another hint) and I was a gymnast training to be an Olympic star! I was given the opportunity to go with a teammate of mine to train with Russian gymnasts and their coaches. At the end of our training we were
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