Tag Archives: Anatolia

Esma muses on what it’s like to be both visible and invisible in Turkey


When in Turkey, I lose my cumbersome Scots Gaelic name in favor of something that is more verbally palatable to the locals. I become “Esma.” As regular readers of this blog may recall, Esma is also the hippie puppet that … Continue reading

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Just another çay bahçesi (tea garden) in Anatolia – Or is it?


Anyone who has spent much time in Turkey – especially in the more rural parts of Anatolia – has very likely seen all of the çay bahçesi (tea gardens) with older men hanging out drinking endless glasses of tea. The symphony … Continue reading

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Christmas tree: On overworking cultural competence in a Turkish American marriage


As an academic social worker, I am trained to the gills on the need to encourage my students to work towards “cultural competence,” as they work with people from a range of cultures and sub-cultures. And of course, although I … Continue reading

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