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Reflections on navigating between two cultures and understanding the self-awareness process

NPR Edition – Africans Making New Lives in America February 1, 2011

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Enjoy this brief yet informative interview with Dr. Wanjiru Kamau of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation. Some of the comments on American social etiquettes certainly resonate with my past immigrant experiences. For example maintaining eye contact while speaking, difficulty with being on a first name basis with professors or supervisors, or superficial friendly attitude misperceptions also known as the half-hearted smile. What integration memories or faux-pas come to your mind as you reflect on your experience??…

Recording: NPR – Dr. Wanjiru Kamau (Kenya) and Tesfa Gemeda (Ethiopia)

Transcript: Africans Making New Lives in America