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Cultural Differences


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Cultural differences can manifest themselves in ways people never consider until they cross from one culture to another. In this clip, refugees from Sudan encounter America for the first time, and find it quite different from their homeland. This is from the 2006 National Geographic movie God Grew Tired of Us.  -via reddit


That is a great movie. And some of those guys have done great things to help others (as well as themselves) since coming to America. Watching that clip makes me want to see the movie again. I wish they would make a sequel to follow up with them today and show what they've done since the movie and what they're doing now.
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I am friends with and have worked with both Daniel and Panther from this movie. They are incredibly warm people to know and are doing well. I will give you a short update. They are now well acquainted with American norms....many of them have three jobs. They work extremely hard and see their families rarely. One Sudanese I worked with went from knowing little language and little about interpersonal relations (especially with women) to being very well spoken and the supervisor of our department. They are inspiring to say the least, but at times they seem pretty forlorn about being so far from home. One Sudanese friend has been waiting years to bring his wife and daughter over to live with him even though he is an American citizen now. Every week he gives me an update and shows me video of his 3-yr old waving to him on his iphone. Since the movie, Daniel has been reunited with his family in Sudan and he along with many others are looking forward to the birth of Southern Sudan this year.
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They're eating the butter squares and condiment packages on the plane. That's why it tastes odd.
Heh :)

I wonder if Google could be their best friend here...
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I saw this post yesterday and was very interested so I watched the movie on Netflix last night. I was nearly moved to tears. I had to call my wife into the room. "You've got to see this!" I told her. While I was watching the film, all I could think to myself was "Wow." I was floored. It was one of the most amazing things I have seen in a long time. A great experience and an insane film. Thank you so much for the post.
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At my work there are a few folk from different areas of Africa. One of the men who works on my hall seemed to be adjusting quite well and it was fun to pick out the British terms he used on occasion(plaster for band-aid) One day however he came to ask for a good butcher shop where he could buy horses hooves so that he could make gelatin for his children. He was quite surprised and pleased that he could just prepare some Jello and on top of it all it would already be flavored.
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