1. form a group with friends with whom you feel you share a common “culture”
2. self-define yourself: “Italian Girls”, “Israeli”, “Japanese”, “Turks”, “German Women”, “American Males”, “Bavarians”, “Inhabitants of Tokyo”, “Dutch Catholics”, “Cosmopolitan Globe-trotters”… (your choice, but has to be related to places or cultures that the people of the group share)
3. write down a list of ten things other students (and professors) on campus should know about yourself and those belonging to the chosen category (“Italian Girls”, “Israeli”, “Japanese”, “German Women”, “American Males”, “Bavarians”, “Inhabitants of Tokyo”, “Dutch Catholics”…) in terms of social relations and situations of everyday life (eg. how to relate to professors and how professors are meant to relate to students, how to regard law breaking, how to invite for dinner, what to expect from friends, what to do with friends, how to go out with a man/woman, what to expect from the family and similar things, that you regard important, not to be misunderstood); especially things that are liable to misunderstandings on island; and misunderstandings, which have already occurred
4. read the list to the other participants (discussion and question time will follow; powerpoint, photos and youtube optional).
Once you form a group (can also be of two people) please send me an e-mail with the chosen name to firstname.lastname@example.org (if you do not manage, doesn’t matter)
Example of things to put in the list
For “Italians” I could think of:
When Italians go out in a restaurant, they generally pay “alla romana”, i.e. share the bill evenly. If someone has eaten much less than the others, he or she are allowed to pay less or may even be excluded from paying.
If you have more or less eaten like the others, to insist paying a separate bill is considered very impolite.
For Italians to invite someone for a cup of coffee, it means to stay together standing in a bar for a very quick drink; for Americans it means to sit down and spend sometimes together.
If you have been to the cinema (or anywhere else) with someone else and you have to head home, it is considered to be impolite to just walk away, unless you excuse yourself, saying something like “I’m in a terrible rush”. You should inform yourself where is the other person heading to, so that you can at least walk part of the way together, often negotiating an itinerary.
DO NOT MISS THIS: IT WILL BE GREAT FUN WHILE CONTRIBUTING TO MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS EVERY SEMESTER AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS