Expat Advice: Culture Shock in
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?
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If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?
No & No
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
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How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
I lived in Chiang Mai so tHE culture shock was minimal
Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?
I went through what is called the "Rose Colored Glasses" stage...but it wasn't that bad.
What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.
increased eating and to some extent ...drinking
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Thais are very laid-back with a very strong focus on family. They also have an extraordinary work ethic which is probably do to the harsh standard of living.
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
learning the Eastern ways
Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!
None that I recall
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Go with the flow and realize that you are not in the states anymore...]for that matter your not part of a "western" ..first world...civilization.
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