As someone who teaches “Western Culture” to Asians living in China, I often have to think and evaluate things that normally I might just take for granted. For example, if I was taking a test on American Culture and they asked: “America’s national pastime is __________” I would quickly fill in “Baseball” and wouldn’t even re-think it for a second! But is that really true?
I came across an article on CNN’s website that suggested that baseball has not been America’s National Pastime since the 1950′s! Hmmm, interesting – he might be right!
He ended up talking about the explosion of ‘choices’ that Americans have to occupy their time, especially with the popularity of portable devices that serve up limitless amounts of distraction. He asked the question: “Do today’s Americans simply enjoy the screens they carry with them, or are they psychologically addicted to them — is it a pleasurable pastime, or are they hooked?”
So, what do you think? If you were helping me prepare my lecture on “American Culture” that I will teach my students next semester, what would you suggest I tell them is “America’s National Pastime”?
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Starting to adjust to empty and (relatively) clean streets in America! After living in Asia for the past decade, seeing an empty street like this at any time of the day makes you think for a second that something terrible has happened!
Even though I’ve lived in China for 9 years, I’ve never actually been in China on THE eve of Chinese New Year. I can hardly describe what I just experienced!
All I can say is this, China just re-did that famous scene from Crocodile Dundee where he pulls out his huge knife and says “That’s not a knife, THIS is a knife!” China just said, “Those aren’t fireworks, THESE are fireworks!”
It seems that the best way to keep your kids from getting hurt is to get them out of the house.
According to figures from the U.K. government, obtained by the Sun under the United Kingdom’s Freedom of Information Act, the number of kids under 15 injured while climbing trees, skateboarding, and the like has fallen.
Does this mean that children have become more athletic or less accident-prone? Does it mean they have perfected their tree-climbing and skateboarding skills?
No, it seems that they are simply staying indoors more, glued to their screens like rubberneckers to an overturned truck. You see, the same figures revealed that injuries from playing video games have gone up 60 percent since 2002.
Severely pained thumbs appear to be the main cause of kids’ visits to emergency rooms in the United Kingdom. And one can only wonder if the U.K. hospital system has developed special methods for massaging thumbs so that they can retake their rightful place in the World of Warcraft.
Perhaps soon special video game physiotherapy clinics will open, with doctors in frightening headgear making kids feel at home, even when they are away from their own frightening games.
I think that it could be big business. Soon, perhaps, your health insurance might have special coverage for acts of Warcraft, just as it has for acts of God.
The Fall ’09 semester has arrived and I’ve been very busy juggling several responsibilities. As most of you may know, last year I taught a course on the Society & Culture of English Speaking Countries. Well, I’m teaching that class again this year. In addition to that, I’m also heading up a new program at my university that focuses on cross-cultural topics, specifically the things that would be helpful for those who are preparing to go abroad for study or work.
We’ve been in the planning stages for the past month or so with the first class set to begin the second week in October. I have no idea how many students I’ll have or what the level of English I’ll be dealing with… it should be fun!
Medill News Service reports that the Internet has become an out-of-control habit for more and more people. In fact, experts say that Internet addiction is a growing psychological and behavioral problem.
It’s estimated that 5% to 10% of Americans may be addicted to the Internet – that could mean as many as 30 million people. And, it’s an even bigger problem in other parts of the world. As many as 30% of the people living in China, Korea and Taiwan may be hooked.
Sounds like ‘quackery‘ to me. An additional revenue source for psychologist who make their living convincing wealthy people they are sick in one way or the other and that they can get better by coughing up some cash and sitting through some ‘sessions.’
I don’t deny that some folks may have issues, my guess though is that it’s a problem that goes deeper than “the internet.”
The percentages don’t even make sense. The report from ‘experts’ say that “30% of the people in China” are suffering from internet addiction… Based on the number of people in China who use the internet (38% according to the Pew Research Center), that would mean just about every person who uses the internet in China is also addicted to it… I don’t think so.
I guess with $4 dollar gas, everyone has to find new ways to get by. Airlines do this by charging for things you thought you already had paid for, it seems psychologists do this by inventing new ‘illnesses.’
The Worlds Population was estimated at 4.4 billion.
The first first ever Cellular Mobile Phone was introduced.
Space Invaders appeared in arcades.
Average Income per year $17,000.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 63 cents
Dozen Eggs 48 Cents
After nearly 30 years The Volkswagen Beetle stops production having manufactured 20 million cars
Lesley Brown gave birth to the world’s first test tube baby delivered by Cesarean section in Oldham, England. Dr. Patrick Steptoe and Dr. Robert Edwards developed the process to conceive a child in a laboratory and then plant in a uterus to develop normally.
The introduction of bottled water was a big story as very few thought there was much chance of people buying in large quantities.
The comic strip character, Garfield, first appeared.
In the Movie Theaters: Greece, Saturday Night Fever and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Bee Gees with ” Night Fever and Stayin Alive “
Paul McCartney and Wings
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
Commodores with ” Three Times a Lady “
The TV show “Dallas” premiers on CBS.
Popular TV Programs
Little House on the Prairie
The Rockford Files
Good Morning America
Saturday Night Live
Wheel of Fortune
The Muppet Show
The Love Boat
Our very own Erica came into this world on July 20th, 1978! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
I’ve had a series going here about TCKs – but what is a TCK and what does some of the research say about them?
“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.”
What is the Origin of term “Third Culture Kid”?
Sociologist Ruth Hill Useem coined the term “Third Culture Kids” after spending a year on two separate occasions in India with her three children, in the early fifties. Initially they used the term “third culture” to refer to the process of learning how to relate to another culture; in time they started to refer to children who accompany their parents into a different culture as “Third Culture Kids.” Useem used the term “Third Culture Kids” because TCKs integrate aspects of their birth culture (the first culture) and the new culture (the second culture), creating a unique “third culture”
What are the Characteristics of TCKs?
There are different characteristics that impact the typical Third Culture Kid:
TCKs are 4 times as likely as non-TCKs to earn a bachelor’s degree (81% vs 21%)
40% earn an advanced degree (as compared to 5% of the non-TCK population.)
45% of TCKs attended 3 universities before earning a degree.
44% earned undergraduate degree after the age of 22.
Educators, medicine, professional positions, and self employment are the most common professions for TCKs.
TCKs are unlikely to work for big business, government, or follow their parents’ career choices. “One won’t find many TCKs in large corporations.
90% feel “out of sync” with their peers.
90% report feeling as if they understand other cultures/peoples better than the average American.
80% believe they can get along with anybody.
Divorce rates among TCKs are lower than the general population, but they marry older (25+).
Military brats, however, tend to marry earlier.
Linguistically adept (not as true for military TCKs.)
A study whose subjects were all “career military brats”—those who had a parent in the military from birth through high school—shows that brats are linguistically adept.
Teenage TCKs are more mature than non-TCKs, but ironically take longer to “grow up” in their 20s.
More welcoming of others into their community.
Lack a sense of “where home is” but often nationalistic.
Some studies show a desire to “settle down” others a “restlessness to move”.
Depression and suicide are more prominent among TCK’s.