Culture Shock: is the confusion experienced by someone when they are suddenly introduced to a new way of life or foreign cultures.
To the Yoruba people of Nigeria, kneeling or prostrating on the floor while greeting comes so easily to them, they go all the way down and this can be very shocking for a Nigerian who was born and brought up in central Nigeria.
In Tiv culture, the girls bend their knees and the guys bow their heads and that is enough.
That is an example of Culture shock. Wikipedia mentions that culture shock has 4 different stages, the honeymoon phase which is like experiencing the particular action or way of life for the first time, then there is the negotiation stage which is like trying to justify or balance the different way of life. The 3rd phase is adjustment, you are gradually accepting the culture shock and the final stage is adaptation which is when you are not surprised when you experience it again, you kind of expect things to happen that way.
And then, there is reverse culture shock, which is when you’ve been away from home for a while and upon returning, the things which are normal are not acceptable to you anymore. In Nigeria, this is known as “I just got back, IJGB syndrome”
And so we at Terngu asked our readers and friends for their experiences and below are responses we could get and I think you’d love reading these..
Traffic in China and South-East Asia
China is the most populated country in the World, so obviously there are so many cars, trucks, and motorcycles. However, the drivers don’t follow the Highway Code, they deem it as just a suggestion, not a rule. For me, as European, this traffic „system” is a chaos, where the people often do not stop at the red light, break the speed limits, and don’t give priority for the pedestrians at the pedestrian crossing point. In Vietnam and Cambodia the situation is even worse.
Air pollution, wearing masks
The air pollution is one of the biggest problem in China. Because of this reason so many people wear haze mask. I saw some pictures about this, but honestly from Hungary it seemed to be a „sci-fi” for me. After arriving to China, I have realised that this is the reality. For the local people this is „natural”, a mask is a part of the dressing, like the coat. In shops you can find different types, from to simple one to the fancy one.
Religion, Traditions and relationships in Republic of Georgia
Georgia is a very religious country, where most of the people are Orthodox Christian. Basically this determines the Georgians life, especially in small cities, towns and rural areas. People keep the traditions too, what influences the relationship between man and woman, boys and girls.
In my country, in Hungary couples can live together before marriage. We can say, this is typical there, but not in Georgia. Living together, having sex before marriage traditionally is forbidden. Of course, nowadays this is changing, especially in the capital city, in Tbilisi
My IJGB experience In Nigeria
This happened in the first week after I got back.
Where is my receipt?
The first was at the MTN shop. I had gone to get my sim card and get registered, added some extra services and paid for all of that. Since the services would take from 3 hours to 24 hours to become active, I asked for my receipt, just in case I needed to come back.
They spent like 10 minutes trying to find the book and eventually someone had to come out and say eh, it wont be a problem we promise, just go home for now, we can’t find the booklet.
Re-enforcing Road safety
I was going home with my uncle’s car and driver and we got stopped by some road safety officers, the driver forgot the car papers and his license, so we had to drive to the local road safety office to get billed.
The back of the car was full, and this officer asked to sit in the front seat with me, lol and I was like eh! wow! Nope, not gonna happen, they are breaking the law by doing that, no way! Well,I had to go to their car, and the officer sat in my place and we all drove to the local office.
Open Crotch Pants in China
In China, while walking around or sometimes even at the restaurants, you might see some baby butts on display and this was quite frequent. As opposed to baby diapers, these pants are quite environmentally friendly.
Nguper ~ Nigeria
Clinical Practice in Germany
Danish men are normally scared of Danish girls and love to date foreign Girls.
Another, in Denmark couples are encouraged to have babies. There are some advertisements encouraging Danes to reproduce. It’s sometimes hilarious the ads.
Danes love to have big windows and don’t use curtains. When one walks near by, one can easily see everything that’s going on in the home.