May 15, 2010

Best ways to prevent Osteoporosis

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April 13, 2010

Freedom of communication

Hello to everyone! My name is Xenia and I’m student of Khabarovsk Academy of economics and law. I major in international management. I thought a lot about what to write and finally the inspiration came:) I haven’t traveled so much, I have visited Japan and China. It is so easy to meet people there. They show a great interest in foreigners and don’t feel confused to start talking. For example, there in Japan I woke up early morning and ran to the sea, every Japanese I met greeted me and bowed, then on the beach girls and guys didn’t feel any difficulties in asking “Hi! Where are you from? What is your name?” and just stay and chat:)
Here in Russia situation is not the same. We have some kind of barrier to start communication with a stranger, but after this barrier is overcome we can discuss any theme you offer:) Beginning from our childhood we were taught not to talk with a strangers, because they could hurt us. Our country went through severe global wars and it affected our perception. We used to protect ourselves by creating barriers around, but when someone wakes up our trust we open our hearts and ready to listen and to help.
If you look attentively you can find great friend, open-hearted and cheerful person in every Russian. Now we hide strongest sides of our nature, but time flies and the stereotype about morose Russians will be damaged soon:)

April 12, 2010

Reflection on AUC Egypt- Stanford Connection

Hello everyone!

Despite some technological challenges, we had a productive connection today discussing proposals made by world leaders. Participants, please take a moment to share your reflection on this experience with each other here - include your name and institution.

Debrief at Individual Universities: What did you learn about intercultural communication?
What did you learn about working collaboratively?
What can you apply to your own research or writing projects?

What was your favorite part of this experience!

April 06, 2010

Character of Russian women

Hello!!! My name is Julia! I am from Khabarovsk. I want to tell you about the character of Rissian women!

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March 31, 2010

Something deep in our minds…


Greetings everyone!! We are students of Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law, Zhuravlev Alexander and Demyanov Alexey. We are very pleased to see the foreign students’ interest in Russia, in Russian people and in Russian habits also. Therefore, we are going to discuss the problem, the stereotype that foreigners usually hold about Russia and Russian people. It is ALCOHOLISM.

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March 29, 2010

Adults who are fighting!?

Hello everybody! My name is Petter Krantz and I’m a rhetoric student from Örebro in Sweden. I was recently in USA and Canada to visit two of my friends who are living there. Since they play hockey and I’m a big fan of that it turned out naturally for me to watch a lot of NHL-games live when I was there. While I was watching these games, one thing hit me that´s totally different in the reaction of the audience in Sweden compared to North America. That’s when it comes to fights between two players, one from each team. For you who watched hockey in North America you know that this is nothing uncommon. It’s fights almost all the games there. In Swedish hockey it’s rarely fights.


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March 24, 2010

Large inequalities, we must help each other

A house, an income and a family who loves you - that's what many of us today maybe take for granted? Sweden currently has approximately 9.3 million inhabitants. Many of these people lives in a very good cultural lifestyle. But of those 9.3 million, there are about 8 440 people who do not really have it that way, not even close to having it that way. Homeless people struggling for their daily lives and who have been forced into a cultural environment where every day is a fight for survival.

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March 23, 2010

Prejudices between two world´s

being a teenager, being from Iraq and live in Sweden.

All how live with two cultures know how difficult it is to fit in at home and in society without worlds collide. How do you handle living with two cultures, trying to adept to the culture that exist in the community you live in but also maintain the values that you grown up with? Especially if we’re talking about two cultures that are so different from each other as the Swedish and Arabic.


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What is culture

What is culture anyway

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March 22, 2010

"Nice pass"

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Hello! I'm Christer Ekholm, studying Rhetoric at Örebro University. I've written a paper about linguistic relativity in practice.

When it comes to sports, cultures are different, just as in so many other things. Few sports are as characterized by different views on the game as ice hockey. There is, according to tradition and the experts, a “Swedish” way of playing ice hockey. The Swedish way is supposedly a more disciplined and organized approach to the sport, with focus on teamwork rather than individual players’ efforts. The alternative view is that of the North American teams (or, as our hockey community like to call them, the ‘transatlantic teams’). With these teams there’s an emphasis on a more physical play with a more direct charge towards goal to disrupt the goaltender. Nowadays there are so many Swedish professional players in the NHL that these differences are much smaller than they once were.

Now, if there’s a difference in how the game is played between countries, there ought to also be a difference in how the game is perceived and spoken about by the players. This is the basis of my paper “Bra Pass”. I’ve compared interviews with Swedish and North American ice hockey players made immediately after games played in the recent Vancouver Olympic games to try to find similarities and differences. The Sapir-Whorf theory of linguistic relativity, which claims that our perceptions of the world around us are inevitably formed by the language we speak and think in, made me think that I ought to be able to find differences in what and how players thought decided a game. And I did.

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Which classic style of leadership is the most effective in an intercultural business?

Why I chose this topic, is because of my interest in the project management.
In a project management work, it is important to reach out to their employees, engage them and make sure to give them the tools it needs to reach the vulnerable target they are jointly fighting for. Which leader does this most effectively? What is the ultimate leader? Does it exist? These are questions I ask myself. To explore all the leadership styles and get an overall result would have been the ultimate. But in this case it was an unrealistic thought because the time was too tight. So I chose to concentrate my work at three leaderships and I will now describe them for you…

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brown hair, green eyes, did you say swedish?

Hey everybody!
Here you can see a summery of my work, enjoy!
What is typical Swedish?
It was the first question I asked myself when I started my work. Who is the right person to say what is typically Swedish? I found three persons to interview, in my eyes they where specialist in typical Swedish things, for the reason that two of them are working with young refugee from the hole world. So they must know about our behaviour, the kind you do without reflection. The third person I interviewed was a man who came to Sweden 19 years ago when he was 14 years old. I thought he might have another view of Sweden and that he could tell me how the felling was to come to here. So how good knowledge do Swedish people have about themselves? When people come to Sweden in which way are the staff of migration workers prepared? I mean, do they get any courses or something in intercultural communication or in intercultural meetings?

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Organizations and the environment


My name is Sami and I study courses in economics and rhetoric. I have done a research about how the environment affects organizations. I have always been interested in organization theories and how different cultures affect organizations.

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Saudi Arabia and Sweden

The following text/article is about the differences between the culture of Sweden and the culture of Saudi Arabia, in a women perspective. What differences do the women of each country have each day, and what things that seem so normal for the Swedish women are strictly forbidden in Saudi Arabia?

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The translation art - or ”How to achieve a burn-out in one afternoon”

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Have you ever been in the position where you have to translate a longer text to another language in order to get your point across – without google translator, mind you. In my own experience, the more personal a text is, the harder it is to translate. You try every single trick in the book in order to preserve your intended message in every way possible and then some – just to realize that you’ve still failed because your readers don’t make the same connotations you do.

In the end, I usually try to teach my English-speaking friends the Swedish language, rather than drop a good idea just because it can’ be properly translated. It is sad, but the thought is affected by the language used. The word that expressed your intentions perfectly is perhaps nothing but “meh” in another language, even if you use a direct translation.

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4 stereotypes about Swedes, do you agree with them?


We decided to write about different stereotypes about Sweden, or more exactly, the Swedes, that exists in other countries. The main reasons for our subject are partly that we think stereotypes in general are one of the most important things to be aware of, to be able to avoid preconceptions, and also because it’s fun and fascinating to see how the different preconceptions differ from country to country.

The author Jonas Stier defines a stereotype as a common, simplified and mostly degrading view of a group of people. The groups can be everything from nationalities to social groups or people with a certain looks. In our text however, we only took a closer look at the thoughts of Swedes we found in the minds of other nationalities, and we will tell you shortly about four of them here.

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A fascination for football


Hello out there!

This is Alex from Orebro University speaking!
I have always been very interested in football, or soccer as you may know it as, and the culture around the game. I´m fascinated by the fact that it can become such a huge part of some people’s life. So for my paper I have chosen to analyze the culture around three European clubs and their supporters. How do they differ? What do they have in common? Why have they become what they are today? In my work I have studied the followers of the Swedish team Djurgården, the English team Millwall and Lazio from Italy. They are all teams from their country´s capitals and can therefore be analyzed from the same point of view. Enjoy!

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Communication between men and women at work

I have been writing about communication between men and women and the complications that can be the effect when different ways of communicating meet at work. My starting point has been that men and women speak different languages although brought up in the same town our even in the same family. They have been socialized into different cultures, a male and a female culture. This would mean that communication between men and women is intercultural communication. Intercultural communication is in fact the subject of my studies at the University of Örebro, at this moment, although we have been focusing on communication between people from different countries so far.

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To clash with the law – A reflective study of intercultural complications in Swedish courts

Hi everyone!

My name is Linus Pentikäinen and I’m primarily a Law School student but I also take extra courses in rhetoric and it is as a rhetoric student I now write to you. With that knowledge my choice of research material should be less surprising. I wanted to combine my two current fields, intercultural rhetoric and law, and the result was a paper which hopefully is an interesting read.

I’ve choose to focus my paper on intercultural meetings in Swedish courts. My paper very much argues that An increased knowledge about intercultural communication amongst the courts legal staff will greatly benefit the Swedish legal security/rule of law.

If this sounds interesting and you want to find out how I got to this conclusion feel free to click the link to continue reading.

Justita - the goddess of justice in roman mythology. Often used as a symbol of the law in many cultures. Wearing the blindfold to represent objectivity. Equipped with a sword, that represent power and punishment, and a scale pan, representing the reflected decisions that is required to achieve justice.

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March 21, 2010

Healthy Russian appetite

Hi, my name is Juliana. I’m from Russia, Khabarovsk. I study in Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law. I found it very interesting and enriching to read posts created by Swedish students. So, I decided to share some information about Russian culture, particularly, about food and eating habits, this can tell a lot about Russian mentality.

Russians love to eat very much! If you are invited by an Englishman for a cup of tea, he/she will likely to treat you with a cup of tea and some cookies. But, if you are invited for a cup of tea by a Russian person, you should expect to have a full meal instead, so you’d better not eat anything before that visit!

Russians eat three times during the day: they have breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the majority of us are accustomed to have snacks during the day, as well. We like to have tea or coffee with something tasty and sweet at any time during the day. Snacks may include bread, or sandwiches with sausage and cheese. By the way, some Japanese can hardly understand that habit of Russians to have regular tea drinking, because for them tea ceremony is a whole art.

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"A friend in need is a friend indeed"

Hello! My name is Ruslan Borodin. I’m a student of Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law. I am in class of intercultural communication, and would like to contribute to the blog exchange by sharing with you about some specific features of Russians.

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March 20, 2010

Cultural aspects of handicap


”A new patient has arrived.” I look out through the window, and I can see a young man slowly approaching the building. His arms are strong, and he is actually using them when he walks, or rather crawls, on the ground. I can see how his weak and tiny legs are being trailed through the mud. Mr Richard gets the things ready: plaster of Paris, water bucket, a knife and a strip of metal to cut against. We have to make a good casting work, in order to make him good orthoses. The orthoses must lock his joints and support his weak legs. If he got proper training he will hopefully be able to stand and move upright. Hopefully he will be less handicapped, also in the eyes of society. Being a handicapped in Sierra Leone is not easy. Probably this man lives outside town, in the place that is reserved for people like him. Who dares to approach him? What kind of curse is he carrying, that man who crawls in the mud?

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March 19, 2010

Same feathers flocks together

Miss Julie is a naturalistic drama written by Swedish author August Strindberg in 1888. The main story of the drama is this: On Saint John’s night the daughter of a count, Julie, and her butler, Jean, shares a passionate night with each other. This love affair and the events taking place during the night and the following day affects Julie so badly that she decides to take her life. The purpose of my paper has been to pinpoint some of the cultural reasons to why Julie becomes so devastated after this vivid intercultural meeting with the working class that she choose to kill herself. My ambition was to clarify some of the different aspects of cultural differences and other expressions of culture I consider to be reasons to why only the count’s daughter ends her own life whilst the butler stays alive.


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Where intercultural communication comes in, stereotypes go out!

I went to Vivallaskolan, a school in Örebro, a school that politically correct would be called a multicultural school. Over 85% of the pupils have routs in other countries. You will find Pupils from Iraq, Somaliland, Kurdistan and Lebanon to mention a few. They speak over 70 different languages. And over 60% of them don’t have Swedish as there first language in school.


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Is the swedish model naive?

Swedish trade-union and the European union problem.

My name is David Fernhed and I am a rhetoric student at Örebro university of Sweden and I will tell you a little about my paper.
In Sweden there is no minimum selery law. It is because in Sweden we have a great tradition of be a member in the trade-union at the workplace. Instead of that the government decides what a work will cost, the trade-union and the employers’ assosiaction make a deal about it. It is more than the selery that is negotiated. The workconditions, the vacationpayment and much more. The government has a very light influence in the labor market. This is called the swedish model. So maybe you have two views for the swedish model, one is the blonde girl and the second is the whole labormarket. I think that’s funny.


My paper is about a conflict between the building workes union in Sweden and a company from the EU country Latvia. The situation is called the Vaxholm-conflict and is a big trade-union issue about EU and the right to strike for swedish workers.

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March 18, 2010

American culture in Sweden

The way people feel about new elements in our culture is usually very mixed. Some people welcome the new and exotic while others try to protect the Swedish culture from all strange elements. Their reason for this is often that they want to keep the Swedish culture the way it is, or to protect the Swedish cultural heritage from change. The question that follows is this; what happens when we are being over protective? Is there not a risk that we, instead of protecting our culture, suffocate it until it completely loses its very essence? Should you not instead loosen the grip, let the culture roam free and be colored by its people, time and environment?

The 1950s in Sweden was a time when the cultural mood changed drastically in a relatively short period of time. A new side of Sweden started to emerge after world war two, a side influenced by a country on the other side of the North Atlantic Ocean – The United States of America. During the 1950s, the USA had great influence over the Swedish cultural development.

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Prejudice of Swedish-dialects

Hi my name is Therese and here is my summary of my paper about Swedish dialects and prejudice about them.
In Sweden we don’t only have prejudice of people from other countries we have prejudice against our own people. The ones who live in northern Sweden are “silent and dumb”. The people in Scania or Skåne (as it is called in Swedish) should “swallow their oatmeal”. They speak in a way that makes people who don’t speak scanian or “skånska” (their dialects name) think that they still have food in their mouth. It’s a diphthong-sound a+o “ao” instead of the Swedish å. In my paper I’ve looked at how people talk in different parts of Sweden and the expectations on these people, positive and negative. In this blog you are going to find out if the prejudice is true about the biggest dialects in Sweden; Stockholm, Scania and the West-dialects.

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March 17, 2010

Brave Russian Women at War

Hello to everybody! My name is Valeria Mukhina and i`m a student of Khabarovsk state academy of economy and low. I would like to remember a bit our history and to discover character of Russian women better!
Although Russian history studies are mostly focused on research of military, ideological, political and mobilization aspects of war, we always remember about the tragic and heroic destiny of Russian women soldiers and the aftermath of the war that had a heavy incidence on Russian women. More then one million of Russian women took up arms and participated in combat operations during the WWII. We often bring up the bravery of “Night witches” – courageous Russian women pilots, as well as snipers, machine gunners, tank crew members, women partisans and the commitment of Russian war nurses. Russian women bore the burden of war and showed the deed of bravery and labor on the Home Front.

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March 16, 2010

Two different genders and two different worlds

Culture clash is something that we always encounter and will encounter wherever we go. Therefore have I chosen to write about issues and ideas that I have had a long time, but never received a response.

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March 15, 2010

Is the glass half-FULL OR half-EMPTY?


“Is the glass half-full or half-empty, Tod?” – I asked once my icq friend from US.
As you might know optimist would answer “It’s half-full! :)”, opposite to pessimist who would gloomy say “It’s half-empty (-_-)”. What did my friend answer? I’ll tell you later :)
Zebra thing. What’s that? Here in Russia we often think in a “zebra” way which means that life is striped. Black stripe, when life seems a disaster (for example when you failed an exam or when you are expelled from university). You see that the street is grey, and the rain is falling and all these will never ever end. Than comes white stripe when your studying and private life is perfect, you do feel that the sun is shining and there are colorful butterflies flying around you.

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The russian word "Gosudarstvo"

Hello everyone, my name's Baev Artem, I'm a 3rd year student of KSAEL.
And today I want to draw your attention to one interesting issue.
In US, and other english speaking countries, I suppose there is a number of words such as:
- "state" - which may mean the territory of some country
- "authority" - which may mean the power itself
- "goverment" - which may mean the people or organisation that rules the country
But in Russia we do not usually distingush beetween words like theese above. We have a term "Gosudarstvo" ("Государство") in which we usually include all of three above.
I'll try to give you an example to understand it deeper.
If you ask people questions listed below, you can certainly may hear the following answers
"-What is the role of Local Authorities in Russia?
-Their role is rather minor
-And what's the role of the goverment?
-It's minor too
And what has a major role in Russia?
-The "Gosudarstvo" of course. it should do everything"

This issue shows that Russians more tend to Collectivism than Indidualism.(Hofstede Dimentions)

The way we celebrate holidays

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March 14, 2010

Flowers in Russia

Hey, everybody! We are students of Khabarovsk state academy of economy and low, Marina and Elena, and we’d like to talk about interesting russian tradition – flower-giving.
You can only once visit a Russian school on the 1st of September to understand the great impact that gift-, and more importantly flower-giving has in Russia. Hundreds of pupils stand around waiting for the first bell of the year, all with bouquets of different flowers gripped tightly in their little hands. They’re doing this because it is a tradition, and their elder siblings, parents and grandparents all went through the same ritual for many years before them. Gift- and flower-giving in Russia has an incredibly deep meaning to it on account of the many years that this tradition has lived in the Russian spirit and mind.

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Where will you spend your holiday?

Russia is a country with beautiful landscape, dramatic, historic architecture, and great resources. Russian culture has a long history and tradition and Russians are very proud of it. But why so many Russians tend to spend there holidays outside the country? Is it just way to find new feelings, food, taste or way not to see the beauty of native land?!
For example, American people spend there vocations inside their country. But also some Russians stay at there homes. Russia has many beautiful cities to visit! Nearly every city has outstanding tourist attractions. Nowadays is it more important to leave on holidays abroad or visit the capital of Russia?! Think a little bit! The historic architecture can evoke the same feeling as magnificent sea coast does!
As far as we know, some people actually are not well aware of picturesque places for visiting in Russia. Tourists are sure that there is not better place to visit as foreign resorts. Colourful catalogues and visuals of places for vocation made by tourist agency attract much attention, as a result they persuade costumers to purchase tourist vouchers. Indeed, Russia has not developed travel industry as foreign countries have.
On the other hand, financial crisis brings to gap between rich and poor people. So, not everyone can afford to visit foreign countries ones or twice a year. Air fare differences are one more reason. Why is it so expensive to buy the tickets to fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg or Kamchatka? The price of the tickets from Khabarovsk to Moscow is vary from 800$ to 1000$. At the same time the tickets from Moscow to Turkey is about 300$. Of course, during some period of time the price is at a discount of 70% in our region. The tickets to Moscow are about 300-350$. These discounts are in winter, not in summer, when the tourist flow is intensive. Maybe, this situation is the reason of Russian politic and economy?
So, try not to loose any chance to travel around the world and try to know much more about your native and foreign culture and it doesn't matter what nationality you are! Therefore, it is not the main life goal, but it helps to derive pleasure from daily life and have unforgettable memories.

Efimenko Anna, Gayosh Yana,Kozhuhova Kristina
Khabarovsk Academy of Economics and Law

"You can't understand Russia by your mind"

Hello! We are the students of Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law – Anna Skorobrekha and Darya Slobodenuk!!! We major in international economy. We would like to discuss the topic of Russian patriotism and some inner traits that originate from our history and culture.

Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin said: “Of course, I despise my motherland, but it’s disappointing for me, if a foreigner feels the same…” So we try to understand whether it is true and what the reasons are.

Russian culture has a long history and tradition and Russians are very proud of it. We always say with pride – “We are Russians”. This phrase means that Russian culture is non-individualistic. During Soviet times there was a well developed system of community work. People that were doing community work were given benefits (free or discounted travel, ability to buy deficit goods, ability to receive a better apartment from the government for free etc). This system does not exist more, but Russians still have that great community spirit. And we are used to say "One is not a soldier in the battlefield".

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March 13, 2010

“I’ll do it tomorrow”, “Call you back later” or just “Time and Russia”

Hello, dear friends! We are Marianna and Nastya - the students of Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law. We are glad to have an opprtunity to exchange our posts on this blog! We look forward to meeting you at the videoconference!
“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back”.
It’s true, that time is one of the most expensive resources we have in life. Time is what we have to grow, to develop, to learn more, to stand out, to express our individuality. But it’s amazing how differently people in different countries perceive this notion. “Time is money that should be saved” – Americans would tell you. “If you respect yourself and your partner, respect your and his/her time - don’t be late for a meeting or date” – German people say.
In Russia you can often hear the following sayings: “The morning is wiser than the evening”, which means don’t worry now about what you’ve got to do, relax, and fresh ideas will come to you in the morning; or “In order to work well you need to have a good rest” – especially it is used among the students before the exams.
We are late very often! We may be late for classes, for some meetings, for appointments, for dates. However, our being late never means we don’t value others’ time or don’t respect other people. It just means that we “take our time” or are not used to managing it.

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Polar bears in Sweden?

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

Hi everyone!
Since I was sick during the actual lecture/seminar on debunking stereotypes my blog entry arrives a little bit late. Hope some of you still will have the time to read it though.

I have chosen to look a bit on a phenomenon that in my opinion seems far to usual. At least 5 times I have been asked by Americans if we got much problems with polar bears in Sweden during online conversations. And when our rhetoric class had a video conference with some American students from the Wichita State University a couple of weeks ago, the question arose anew. I don't know why but it seems as some Americans really have the stereotypical view that we have polar bears in Sweden.

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March 12, 2010

Russians: questions and answers


Hello, everyone!!! We are the students of KSAEL: Alexandra and Sveta.
What do you, foreigners, think of us? What questions do you ask when first meet our people?
Oh, those strange Russians…
We’ve questioned two students of Khabarovsk who’ve been to different places over the world. They were asked to tell about foreigner’s most common stereotypes (except vodka and matrioshkas) of Russia and agreed to share their experience:

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Guys! Do we explain the same things differently?


Hello everyone. I would like to thank one more time all participants of the videoconference, which took place on March, 2. It was really great to see and hear you after we have exchanged blog posts. And you know, participation in this conference made me think about our differences in decision-making process (you remember the game) and in expressing our ideas.
I found out that sometimes it wasn’t very clear for you what we tried to explain, and it was sometimes difficult for us to respond to your concrete questions. I tried to analyze it and I think I understood why we did not coincide in the discourse of our discussion. And you know what?...

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March 11, 2010

How are you?

How are you? This is one of the most popular and simple questions around the world. But the answer is not always so simple. If you ask an American or an Englishman or somebody else, then their answer will be short and mostly positive. For example: "I'm fine" or "I'm normal" or something like that. This question is a greeting part and so the answer should be short as everybody has their own problems and doesn’t want to listen to problems of other people, but this rule doesn’t work in Russia.
For Russians it is possibility to share their problems with someone. If we look at the structure of Russian conversation we can see that the greeting in Russia is completely in the words "Hello" or “Hi”, even a simple nod of the head equals the greeting. All other words are related to the main conversation, therefore, a person who asks the question is really interested in your affairs, whatever they were, so to maintain, you should give a more eloquent answer, instead of just one word. Russian people do not need too many words to say hello. But believe me, every of Russians sometimes want to feel somebody's care about him or her. Russians found a way to show interest and care in such small and simple question.
Koshatko Ksenya, Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics & Law

A midsummernigths dream

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

What kind of stereotypes do you have about the Swedes?

We love to make fun of ourselves, in our example we have a swedish company that in their marketing in another country choose to make fun of their heritage, the most sacred part of swedish culture, midsummer celebrations. These stereotypes are most likely coming from germans visiting Sweden, a popular choice for a lot of germans so of course they will have gotten some form of image of Sweden and our holidays.

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The cold Swedes

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

In Sweden we have a lot of stereotypes about our own people. Blond and stupid – “she’s so blond”. Fjortis witch means 14years old with an attitude, and they are not so smart.
“People from Stockholm are snobs”, “People from Gothenburg is happy all the time” (it comes from how they speak) but how does the rest of the world see on us? We have heard that people from other countries think that Swedes are cold people who are afraid of strangers. Why is that?

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Girls, girls, girls

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

The Swedish girls are often the stereotype of Sweden. They are blonde, have blue eyes and are very naive. And its true women in Sweden are blond. The hair bleech companies are doing well in Sweden. Its not true that all women here are blonde, but you see many blonde girls so the myth is a little bit true. The hair colour is not the same as a behavior, just a nice colour.

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Lost germans in the swedish woods? No no no

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."


Hello out there!
Alex, David and Rebecka speaking! We would like to talk to you about the german facination for elks. Or moose as it´s also called. They just can´t get enough of the swedish nature and it´s animalking!

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Swedes ponder stereotypes

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

The Jewish stereotype

Written by Staffan and Melita

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Svensson way of life is a stereotype!!

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

The Svensson way of life, just a stereotype!
Our previous post on the blog was about a Swedish way of living called the ”Svensson life” we will now tell you why this is just a stereotype, and what we feel is wrong with this picture of the Swedish people.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

We have chosen to debunk the stereotype presented in an IKEA commercial. The commercial was made for German television for a special midsummer campaign. IKEA:s board of directors in Sweden found that this commercial presented the folk feast of Swedish midsummer in a non- suitable way, it was therefore banned by IKEA.

Please watch this video before reading on.

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Have you ever heard of a Swedish culture?

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

Hello! Ida and Jennie speaking again! This time the topic is stereotypes. We had to discuss for a while before we were able to find a Swedish stereotype. We thought the Swedes are thought of as being calm, quiet, pale and blonde but then we thought, well that’s just the way it is… Well, that may not be true for everyone. We hope that other people from our class are de-bunking those “stereotypes”! Instead we where thinking about Swedish stereotypes that we hold for ourselves as the truth. Perhaps this is not known outside Sweden. But the stereotype we choose says that Sweden lacks culture. Swedish people look at themselves as cultureless. They are simply modern and not in need of a culture. As we pointed out in our last blog post we see ourselves as open to change. Life is about improvements and change for the future. We like to learn from others. In our minds we are not in the present, and definitely not in the past, but planning and preparing for the future.

Immigrants arriving to Sweden are not really introduced in Swedish culture, as we are tolerant people, open for all new influences and not forcing culture on others. Swedish people don’t want to offend others by having national church or even religion, and we are careful when and how we use the flag. Let’s just delete culture!

So, this is our stereotype: Swedish people have no culture. But is that really true? Are we lacking a culture, and are we instead free, modern people living only with multiple and changing influences?

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Livers versus hillbillies in Sweden

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

When we first sat down in the group, we toyed with the idea of using an American stereotype. That is, until we noticed that the group consisted of two “livers” (I looked it up in the dictionary, it’s slang for town-dweller, right?) and one hillbilly of sorts. A village-dweller at the very least. At any rate, we started to compare stereotypes of livers and hillbillies and got ourselves quite a laugh through it all. The blog post is divided into the stereotypes livers have towards hillbillies, then the hillbilly answer to said stereotypes and after that it’s the same but the other way around. To make it all a lot easer, we marked out whose POW it is ;)

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Fat-ass or fighter pilot?

This post was written by students in the class of Anders Eriksson at Orebro University, for a focus on "Debunking Stereotypes. The purpose is to present a cultural stereotype and then try and challenge it, in order to reduce negative stereotypes."

There is, generally speaking, two major stereotypes about Americans in Sweden. They tend to be opposites.

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