A Handbook on Culture Shock: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Experience Between Nigeria (Ejaghem/Etung) and Upstate New York Victor A. Owan

ISBN: 9781412063852

Published: April 13th 2006

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492 pages


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A Handbook on Culture Shock: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Experience Between Nigeria (Ejaghem/Etung) and Upstate New York  by  Victor A. Owan

A Handbook on Culture Shock: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Experience Between Nigeria (Ejaghem/Etung) and Upstate New York by Victor A. Owan
April 13th 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 492 pages | ISBN: 9781412063852 | 6.56 Mb

When things are important you put them in writing to document the experience and remind you of your challenges, benefits, and responsibilities. Besides, I believe that it is our responsibility to make sure that we preserve and document our history toMoreWhen things are important you put them in writing to document the experience and remind you of your challenges, benefits, and responsibilities.

Besides, I believe that it is our responsibility to make sure that we preserve and document our history to inform, educate, encourage and empower future generations.A Handbook on Culture Shock is a reflective experience and a realistic icebreaker that carefully melts, humorously narrates and critically compares two so-different cultures: Nigeria (Ejaghem/Etung) and Upstate New York (Adirondacks) cultures.

The Etung people are agrarian and lie within the tropical rainforest zone of West Africa, situated on the North West part of Cross River State of Nigeria. The Adirondacks people are suburbanized Americans in Upstate New York.Mostly from the standpoint of a Catholic priest from Nigeria, as a missionary, in my systematic reflection, I attempt to share my cultural immersion experience of both my native and my newfound cultures.

This is done in a way that is informative, revealing, attractive and encouraging. This is done in a way that is informative, revealing, attractive and encouraging. This book does not attempt the traditional textbook treatment of cross-cultural analysis. Yet, in many respects, it goes beyond an ordinary scholastic endeavor and an academic approach.

My intention here is not to make an all-embracing comparison study of the two cultures in question, in such areas as the historical background, family structures, and the likes. I present here only those parts of the two cultures with which I have had personal contacts and which have presented the greatest challenges - shocks, conflicts, confusions, awareness, excitements, you name it, for documentary benefits, especially to newcomers to the American culture and for the information of the people of the host culture.

By the end of the book, the reflection praises and exults all cultures of the world given their particular historical contexts. There is also a clarion call to cultural patriotism and appreciation, intertwined with the challenge to malleability toward the adaptation and acceptance of cultural pluralism and depolarization by all. Finally, it unequivocally points out the realistic and existential inevitability of culture shock for all those who seek to cross culture bounds irrespective of mission or reason.In spite of the existential and practical topics this book treats, it is not a travelogue, not a diary, and not a how-to book on successful acculturation.

Its intent is simply to shed the light of cultural knowledge both to the people of the host culture and especially to arm or forewarn the newcomer with the necessaryawareness as he or she ventures into another culture, the American culture. Its ultimate wish is that amidst cultural differences and the inevitability of culture shock, through better understanding of each other, the people of the world, (not just the Etung and the Adirondacks), might achieve greater acceptance, accommodation, tolerance, and indeed love.

My conviction is that, in an atmosphere that is culture friendly, the people of our multi-faceted cultural world would arrive in the inevitable conclusion that at the most basic and fundamental level we are all very much alike.



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