Challenges In Cultural Transition

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Culture Shock

Cultural transition is a process that is inevitable for most people in this globalized world. For various reasons, people often have to make cultural transitions to complete their objective or simply to survive. Regardless of its common occurrence, the process of making cultural transition is not easy or predictable. Challenges consistently accompany the process, leading to difficulties that are experienced by both voluntary and involuntary migrants. In this writing, I will briefly outline the main challenge in the process of cultural transition: culture shock. Afterwards, I will use some personal experiences in cultural transitions to outline how dialectical tensions affect adaptation.
One of the most important issues within cultural transition is culture shock. Culture shock refers to the relatively short term feeling of disorientation and discomfort due to the lack of familiar cues in the environment (Martin and Nakayama 338).
Culture shock occurs for various reasons, most of which easily happen when people encounter a different culture or visit a new cultural space. Specifically, culture shock can be triggered by unfamiliarity with a foreign country, difficulty to speak the language, lack of knowledge on the appropriate behavior in the new culture, or a combination of these
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As a child who loved visiting new places, I enjoyed my stay there. Yet, as someone who came from a nearby country, I was shocked at the significant differences on how people act. In this experience, the differences-similarities dialectic was the most striking. I saw how the demographic in Singapore looked a lot like my neighborhood and many people looked just like people I met daily. Yet, I saw how different people acted, and I noticed an increasing predictive uncertainty. With this uncertainty, I inevitably experienced a mild culture shock that can be understood by seeing the differences-similarities
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