I loved the video about the creative way to use one’s difference to one’s advantage! That was very clever.

I also really appreciated the starkness of Table 8.1 in Sue’s chapter, that showed how differently white middle-class America is from many other subgroups (presumably not only in the US, but across the globe). How arrogant it is to assume that we are so “advanced” with our future-focused time orientation, our mastery over our environment, and our individualistic ideals. So important to realize it is not more advanced, just different. The two are not necessarily connected.

I will have an opportunity to put some of these assumptions to the test in October when I am scheduled to do some volunteer work in Costa Rica for three weeks. Nothing like being the stranger in someone else’s culture to wake us up to all of our own assumptions.