dimanche 9 décembre 2007

Reverse Culture Shock- part 4

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After spending a few years in Japan and having lived in a completely different culture from my Western one, I had to change myself and become someone else so that I would have an easier everyday life.
In the end, you don’t know who you are anymore: you are not the same person as the one in your own country. This is when the reverse culture shock takes shape, while you are back in France. You have a new perspective on your own country, on your own education, on your own culture. You see yourself with a fresh eye. And you realise that you are now someone who is shocked by or is surprised by:
In general with :
• Living with summer days where the sunset is at decent hours (= after 7.30 pm and sometimes until 10.45 pm)
• Getting on with the number of rainy days
• Women and men both wearing perfume
• Watching so many debates and reports on television
• Having the majority of men bigger than yourself
• Witnessing a true communication between sexes
• Not having to take the shoes off when entering a house, a clinic or your work place
• Seeing such sizes and old designs for the mobile phones
• So many old cars or cars in a bad condition
• Seeing so few big cars
Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land

1 commentaire:

Marie Carré a dit…

Being a stranger at home... that scares me the most of going back some day in France.
But who knows, sure it feels good to have the majority of men bigger than yourself! Finally, can feel thin.