“In Japan, it’s better not to stick out,” a friend of mine advises me over Vietnamese spring rolls and papaya salad in Shibuya. “We have a saying – the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” Continue reading Groupthink in Japan: harmony or enforced collectivism?
We Asians are often stereotyped as shy and afraid to speak our minds. When asked for our opinion in a group setting, many us say nothing. This leads some westerners to believe we don’t have opinions. When we do voice our opinions, we sometimes only say positive things – leading others to think we’re being dishonest. Continue reading Giving your Opinion: East vs West
What’s your native language? Whenever anyone asks me this question, my reaction is always – “You don’t get it, and never … Continue reading The Monolingual Mind
Why I don’t hate racists. Continue reading The Joys of Being a Racist