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DLNSEO Culture Team
December 30, 2016

Third Culture Kids (TCK) are children raised in a culture other than their parents' native home for a significant part of their early development years.  TCKs become exposed to a greater variety of cultural influences during a formational time.  The first culture of TCKs is the culture of the country from which the parents originated.  The second culture is the culture in which the family resides.  And the third culture refers to the blending of these two cultures. TCKs are often exposed to a second (or third, fourth, etc.) language while living in their host culture....

DLNSEO Culture Team
October 14, 2016

Suicide among active duty military members and veterans has increased in the wake of the two international conflicts, surpassing those of the general population for the first time since Vietnam. Recent research has identified the period of separation from the military as a period of elevated risk, regardless of deployment history. Although the association between deployment and suicide is not clear-cut, studies have shown that the transition to civilian life for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans who served in combat can be particularly difficult, with...

January 27, 2016

Reverse culture shock is a common reaction to returning home from time abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustment to living abroad. Symptoms can range from feeling like no one understands you or how you’ve changed to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don’t have an outlet to pursue new interests that were sparked abroad. Your reactions to re-entry may vary, but common signs are:

Restlessness Rootlessness Boredom Depression Uncertainty Confusion...
Culture Team
October 14, 2015

Certainly, adapting to a new culture while abroad is a challenging task, more so if you are trying to flourish and be successfull in it. Recently, we came across the story of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jomar Perez, a construction management inspector with the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, who struggled adapting to American culture and military culture. For him, seeing Airmen from different backrounds was a source of inspiration.

"A new mentality kicked in, Perez said. Rather than seeing his foreign background as a hindrance, he explained, he recognized it as a challenge that...

DLNSEO Culture Team
July 8, 2015

In the face of widespread unrest over its repression and violence in the Muslim province of Xinjiang, China has launched a series of “strike hard” campaigns to weaken the hold of Islam in the region. Government employees and children have been barred from attending mosques or observing Ramadan. In many places, women have been barred from wearing face-covering veils, and men discouraged from growing long beards. In the village of Aktash in southern Xinjiang, Communist Party official Adil Sulayman, told RFA that many local shopkeepers had stopped selling alcohol and cigarettes from 2012 “...

Steve Hammons
April 22, 2015

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, traces its roots to the secret World War II U.S. Army intelligence unit comprised of Japanese-Americans – the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). 

Then, as now, we needed to succeed militarily and also communicate with other cultures and nations. 

The MIS was started in late 1941 as a unit to train Japanese-Americans (Nisei) to conduct translation and interrogation activities. MIS men came mostly from Hawaii and the West Coast.

The missions of the MIS were highly classified and still...

Amanda Russell
February 24, 2015

This is a dynamic presentation on "Global Dexterity".  Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

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