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Posted 9/4/14 , edited 9/11/14
I was reading in the library today, (yep some people still do that) when I stumbled upon something called Paris Syndrome. Annually, at least 20 or so Japanese tourists who visit Paris, France will experience a full blown psychological breakdown, complete with delusions, hallucinations, and depersonalization. They say it's because they cannot adjust to the polaric French lifestyle (NO SENPAI OR KAWAII-CHAN) and unreasonably idyllic expectations of absolute human perfection that is fed to them by Japanese media. It's an extreme form of culture shock basically, and there's even a 24 hour hotline for Japanese tourists who may be suffering from it.


Culture shock affects everyone. Japanese come to the United States and cannot believe how we yankii live, with processed cow innards for beef and total lack of respect for each other. Americans go to Japan, and even the most otaku of them all will pine for home at some point. It happens. And the little tables take some getting used to.


Oh and I forgot to add the culture shock people get when coming to my beloved home and city. A lot of people can't handle the speed and busy lifestyle we live, they come once and never come back again. Or the homeless people. Do not think NYC is fully like Sex and the City. It is. Just with a whole lot more vagrancy


What are your thoughts and comments on culture shock and have you ever experienced it at home or abroad?

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I would fucking love the little tables.
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I didn't pine for my home when I was in Japan. I pined for Japan when I got back home.
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I didn't pine for my home when I was in Japan. I pined for Japan when I got back home.





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home sucks.
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Some religious people that go to Jerusalem get Jerusalem syndrome. It makes some people think they are the Messiah and others become more religious for a while.
Sometimes I get culture shock when I hear things that are considered normal back in Mexico. Non Mexicans would be weirded out if they came to my house during the days of the dead or the feast of Candlemass.
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You can lessen or avoid culture shock if you go to a new country if you expect the worst case scenario of the different culture. I suppose like going to Japan and being over respectful for EVERYTHING, or going to Paris and expecting everything to be inhumanly small and the people to be EXTREMELY protective of their culture and judgmental of Americans. Of course, when you get there you know that these are all over-exaggerations and you will go like....oh...thats it? believing it was way worse than that.

IDK it worked for me when i went to Europe, and expecting things like rooms to be super small and just grateful i had a roof over my head and expecting French or others to be mean because im american (i knew this wasnt true but i came in with a "i have to be careful" mindset) it really wasn't bad at all...the Living conditions exceeded my expectations and the people were the nicest! as long as you spoke in their native language..even if its to ask if they spoke english. Just carry none of your culture with you and became a blank slate with low expectations...

I dont know if anyone understood what i am saying? because im terrible at explaining things and i feel like a lost the entire point in my paragraph
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You should probaly know where are you heading and why are you heading there.

In the case of Little tables... well...
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well i was certainly shocked by the pollution in Beijing

but i reckon that's more like environmental shock lol
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I've traveled to a handful of various places across the globe and lived in rather...not so modern settings for a time. Never was bothered by any of it. This is also possible because I'm mixed and familiar with multiple cultures.

But honestly, I don't know what to say to someone who travels to a completely different "world" and expects it to be life at the beach. It doesn't matter what you were raised with and are familiar with, you better damn well do your research to understand the people and customs of where you are going! It's an absolute insult to the people you meet abroad if you know little and do not ask for guidance.

From the Japanese perspective however, they have a rather strict culture and many find it difficult to use the not-so-formal mannerisms of the Western world on the fly. Food is another thing many Asian (and even non-Asian) tourists miss when they're away from home. I mean, not all Western/Americanized food is really anything I'd go for...*bricked*

In the end, I believe it's really the capability to cope with what you have within that duration. If you're mentally prepared and willing to learn and blend in, it's not a big deal.
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Jeez, discussing Culture Shock in my sociology class, I thought it was just a euphemism for "where the hell am I", but no, you literally go into shock.
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Posted 9/4/14

Phersu wrote:

I didn't pine for my home when I was in Japan. I pined for Japan when I got back home.


It was kind of like how I went to the Philippines to visit some of my family. The day I had to leave, I didn't want to go, and when I landed in Chicago, I was missing it. I told my parents, that if my work place, ever opened up a place over there, and I still could get paid the same rate, as I do here. I'll be moving there, and my mom said that she would move with me.
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It was kind of like how I went to the Philippines to visit some of my family. The day I had to leave, I didn't want to go, and when I landed in Chicago, I was missing it. I told my parents, that if my work place, ever opened up a place over there, and I still could get paid the same rate, as I do here. I'll be moving there, and my mom said that she would move with me.


My dream is to become a citizen of Japan and live there. Eventually become King of the Red District.
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What is home?
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Yeah, I enjoyed Japan entirely too much... Must go back!

Heck, I can go down the street and experience culture shock... Welcome to Florida!
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