Category: Intercultural communication

“There are a lot of ways to skin a cat” – also in health care

I recently read an interview with Nancy McKinstry, CEO of Wolters Kluwer and nr 77 on Forbes’ list of most powerful women in the world (1). She talked about two times in her life that made her who she is, one of which is her relocation to the Netherlands to head Wolters Kluwer. During her …

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The importance of awareness of “cultural” differences: the case of my remote control

The other day my remote control completely stopped working, just as I had turned on the television for the news. Very annoying, as I had turned off the sound because I didn’t want to listen to the commercials. So I was trying to lip-read the news while frantically pushing buttons – with no result. In …

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The Dragon Dances

From Taiwan I received a Postcrossing card about Dragon Dances, a dance that is “most spectacular when performed during Chinese New Year” (which is today). Basically, a dance team mimics the supposed movements of a dragon, which symbolises the historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity (1). As I had never seen or even …

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TEDxNijmegen: “The race from 0-110”

In about two months time a TEDx event will be organised in my home town Nijmegen (8th of April)(1). My colleagues from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre are heavily involved – RUNMC is one of the sponsors. This got me thinking about the topic of intercultural and healthcare, about which you’ll find some posts on …

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Postcrossing – Visiting shrines in Japan

Have you ever heard of Postcrossing? I discovered www.postcrossing.com a couple of years ago and rediscovered it this year. The idea is that you send postcards to random users around the world, and then you also receive postcards from around the world. It is a lot of fun to come home and find a postcard from …

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