Reconciling American and German takes on political correctness

Reconciling American and German takes on political correctness

 How do you find a balance between fairly absolute convictions about what is appropriate and what is not with acknowledgements that you are interacting with a different culture with a completely different history and relation to these "racist" ideas? 

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How Germany has changed me

How Germany has changed me

Although the chasm between American and German culture is not as wide as, say, the chasm between American and Chinese culture, there are still many areas where it's clear that Germans just operate a little differently from us Americans. And, inevitably, after spending so much time in Germany, some of my habits have begun to change to mirror the German way of life, for better or worse. Here are a just a few of the ways that living in Germany has changed me

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Making it in Berlin: My journey toward becoming a Berliner

Making it in Berlin: My journey toward becoming a Berliner

I recently hit a very important milestone in my move to Berlin: I have finally received my Aufenthaltstitel (residence permit) as well as my working permissions. I am now free to take up gainful employment in Germany! It's been quite the journey since I arrived in Berlin in mid-September. Here is a breakdown of all of the major milestones I had to hit to make it to this point, as well as some tips that could prove helpful if you ever find yourself making a similar move. 

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