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letdown they feel when returning home after an overseas assignment. In some cases, reentry shock-the disorientation faced when trying to reorient oneself to life and work in the United States-can be more anxiety producing than the original culture shock. (Ferraro & Briody, 2013)Some argue that awareness of one’s own culture can ease the transition into a new culture. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Provide clear examples to support your answer.I disagree, having lived in the Philippines for three years. I thought I could prepare myself by studying as much as I could about the culture beforehand. This proved to be helpful in some ways but the reality was not the same. From the moment I stepped off the plane in the airport andexperienced the humidity, to the smell on the ride to the base, trying to find a simple drink of “clear water”, the food, the crowd of people, no central air and of course the language barrier andhaving a hard time communicating what I needed, like TYLENOL. My re-entry was much like being on a cruise ship for a week with getting off between routes and having to find my legs again, programing my mind to adjust to being on solid ground. What suggestions would you give a foreign colleague to help them minimize the culture shock they encounter on their arrival in the United States?I personally would try and mentor them as much as possible. Part of that would be, learning my colleagues culture and try and understand the culture in which they come from. This would help me in communicating a clear transition in acclimating them into American culture. For example, if he or she Islamic and must pray, research and find places where they can accomplish this. I would also direct them to places to cater to their food culture until they were ready and expressedinterest in trying something from my culture.
ReferenceFerraro, G. & Briody, E. (2013). The cultural dimension of global business(7th ed.). Boston: Pearson.