The Continuing Mediterranean Revolution

Published on May 9th, 2015 by Dean Foster

I’m writing from Porto, Portugal. The weather is beautiful, the food delicious, yet I’m finding my mind wander continuously to tensions in the nearby region and the vast cultural divides between northern and southern Europe. Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post called “The Mediterranean Revolution,” a short piece which touched on the

Dispatch from Shanghai

Published on April 3rd, 2015 by Dean Foster

Some reflections on the current state of growth, construction, and business in China.

How cultural traits informed net neutrality decisions in the U.S. and the Netherlands

Published on March 30th, 2015 by Dean Foster

Net neutrality is a hot topic around the world right now, and the way countries are leaning on this decision has a lot to do with their cultural roots.

Before you hit the ground running, do some groundwork with DFA CultureGuide Apps!

Published on March 7th, 2015 by Dean Foster

When you board a plane in your home country you know the protocol. As you get on the plane you know who to make eye contact with, you know the proper greetings and appropriate words to say. On your way to the airport, you knew what was socially appropriate in the taxi you took, or the train you boarded. You knew whether to tip, and where to sit. Rewinding even further to the days and weeks before you flight, you likely didn’t think twice about what to do when you ordered in a restaurant, or how you greeted a new work contact for the first time, or even what to expect at casual dinner party or a formal meeting. Chances are, you didn’t even think about these things. You just knew them.

How Traveling Abroad Gives You a Fresh Look at Your Home Country

Published on October 13th, 2014 by Dean Foster

Understanding your own culture through understanding a new culture is one of the very best things about travel abroad.


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