Who Am I?
My name is JoAnne Stein. From 2008-2010 I lived and worked in Russia (Moscow region) as an EFL teacher after graduating with degrees in International Studies and Russian. I love all things intercultural: language, culture and communication, especially communication across cultures.
What do I write about?
I blog mainly about my cultural observations, experiences teaching, travelling, learning another language, my life abroad, and more related to language, culture and communication. I have numerous other interests outside the intercultural field and occasionally I blog about these as they relate to intercultural topics.
Why I Blog
1. Passion. I’m passionate about all things intercultural. Even before I started blogging I was constantly thinking about such things, researching them, and documenting my thoughts and observations. In short, I live, breathe, eat and sleep all things intercultural. It’s what I love and this blog is an extension of that.
2. Niche. Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I think the same principle applies to blogs. I’ve searched high and low for blogs on this topic and I’ve found several great ones. But I hadn’t found one that addressed all the specific ideas that I wanted to read about. So I decided to start mine and put it out there for other people in search of the same thing.
3. Networking. I always enjoy meeting people that share my passion and enjoy discussing similar intercultural topics. So I hope to attract people with similar interests and start a dialogue that everyone can benefit from. I also hope to create and share value through not only my own experiences and observations but through things I read or come across that others have written.
4. Education. Since I graduated university I really miss the intellectual stimulation that comes from a learning environment. I love researching, reading and learning about various topics, especially intercultural ones. So writing about this subject will keep me sharp and provide some mental stimulation and help me continue my own education.
Training (especially re-entry and relocation training)
Culture and Ethics
Reverse Culture Shock
Psychological Effects of Language and Culture
Language and Identity
Intercultural Understanding and Foreign Affairs
Culture and Advertising
Personal Branding and Cultural Perception