Tag Archives: cultural competence

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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Şekerleme: On the work of both rest and cultural competence in Turkey


Well, this week has been a full and deep one, as I have contemplated both work – and a bit on rest as well. I have noted that there are differences in approaches to work between east and west, as … Continue reading

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Pointing the way to Mecca: Karagöz questions how to share space on Turkish Airlines


Before it registered that I was waking up in the airplane, mid-flight from Istanbul to New York, I could hear Karagöz swinging back and forth.  It was even more than an instant before I remembered that I was returning home … Continue reading

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