Category Archives: Cultural Differences

The Helplessness of Living In U.S. with no English skills

Why will anyone in the right frame of mind move to the U.S. when they obviously do not know English? This is one big question that I often ask myself when I see the older Chinese immigrants in Chicago. Because of … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Mood in Chicago

It is just a few more days to Chinese New Year, and if not for the fact that I am aware that it is Chinese New Year, the day would have just passed me by since I cannot feel any … Continue reading

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Understanding Different Countries’ Cultures Through Cab Drivers

I just came back from a Taiwan trip and I was seriously scorched to death. It was so hot that I even lost my appetite for the mouth-watering food I was so looking forward to, and which was in actual … Continue reading

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Confident and Entrepreneurial Beggars in the U.S.

When I first came to Chicago, I was pretty shocked at the sheer number of beggars lining the streets. Basically there is one beggar every 10 metre away. (in the downtown area where I stay) This is quite a drastic … Continue reading

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The Realities of A Non-White Expat Life

“I wasn’t asking you.” The customs officer’s blunt phrasing and cool expression directed at me after I helpfully provided extra information about my husband’s reason for coming to Chicago immediately woke me up from my  jet-lagged state after a 24-hour … Continue reading

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Observations of American Traits From A Foreigner’s Perspective

I haven’t been in Chicago long enough to befriend many Americans,  and I am obviously not an expert on American behavior either (duh), but I have spotted a few common traits that seem to hold true for most Americans through … Continue reading

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Weather Differences: From Singapore to Chicago

One very obvious difference between Chicago and Singapore would be the huge disparity in  the weather. In Singapore, the weather seldom comes up in conversations and we don’t have weather newscasters because what’s there to talk about when it is … Continue reading

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Cultural Differences: From Singapore to Chicago

Both Singapore and Chicago are cosmopolitan cities that are melting pots of different cultures, but this is probably where the similarity end. There are a few really stark cultural differences that I still have difficulty comprehending or adapting to after … Continue reading

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I can’t stand the tipping culture in USA

After nearly 6 months in USA, I still can’t get used to the tipping culture in USA. Or rather, the reason why I couldn’t get used to it is because I really do not agree with it. In Singapore, there … Continue reading

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Accent is key to blending in

After living in USA for a few months, I have come to the conclusion that having the right accent is the key to adapting and being accepted in a foreign country. I had a great time during my USA work … Continue reading

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