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Cultural Dimensions Of Expatriate Life In Chile
     

Cultural Dimensions Of Expatriate Life In Chile

by Bill Drake
 
"Are you the same kind of person I am? Good - now how about a Coke?" Margaret Mead wrote this line to sum up some typical American hometown feelings and apprehensions about being placed in a foreign environment. U.S. expatriates new to Chile will find no mirror image, but a breadth and diversity among their Chilean friends that is extremely attractive.

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Overview

"Are you the same kind of person I am? Good - now how about a Coke?" Margaret Mead wrote this line to sum up some typical American hometown feelings and apprehensions about being placed in a foreign environment. U.S. expatriates new to Chile will find no mirror image, but a breadth and diversity among their Chilean friends that is extremely attractive.

There is something very special about Chile that incorporates the best of Old World style with New World receptiveness to innovation. Despite the distance and expense, many visitors find themselves returning again and again, and many of these folks wind up living here either in retirement or as working professionals or entrepreneurs. For most of us who know and love this country and its vibrant, intelligent people, there is a wistful sense that Chile is a little piece of heaven on earth, far away from the travails of the rest of the world.
There are so many reasons why expatriates and travelers come to Chile, and there are so many different experiences that these people have, that this book is surely only a glimpse of the possibilities. Yet I am hopeful that, for you, reading this book and thinking about some of the points it raises will offer you the opportunity to go deeper and to gain more from your experiences in Chile than you otherwise would have been able to do.

If that's the case, then I've done my job, with only one last task, and that is to wish you the experience of a lifetime as you come to know and love the graceful, raw, beautiful land of Chile and its unique, fun-loving, thoughtful people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453855300
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/23/2010
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author

Author Bill Drake lives with his artist wife Lisle on a biodynamic farm in the Texas Hill Country. Bill's first book was "The Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana", which began life as a little yellow self-published book written and printed in Oregon where Bill had been living for several years experimenting with growing various interesting plants. Some say that 'Cultivators" changed the home-growing scene forever because up until that time nobody had a good reference book to follow, and Bill's stated purpose in writing it was to free people from the oppression of the drug syndicates and the American police state which mysteriously seemed to be emerging together. After more than 40 years "Cultivators" is still in print, although it has been superseded by many, many excellent 'grow your own' books by other talented writers, especially Robert C. Clarke. "Cultivators" was followed by a series of books exploring the recreational and medicinal use of Marijuana and the other great natural drugs of mankind - Coca and Opium, and Tobacco. In 1981 along with his friend and partner Bill founded the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, developing the company's flagship brand 'American Spirit".

After selling SFNT to investors Bill embarked on a second career that incorporated his love for learning about how people from different world cultures view life, communicate, make decisions, solve problems, raise children, and try to become fully developed persons in the course of their lifetime. Based on his extensive travels and international work earlier in life, Bill founded CultureBank Associates, a cross-cultural training firm, and worked with some of the major US, European and Asian companies helping their employees become more familiar with each other's sometimes wildly different ways of accomplishing the same tasks. Bill's current series of books entitled "Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Life", now numbering over 20 full-length country culture studies, is the result of those years of working with, and learning about the key cultural differences that can make teamwork, communication, collaboration, and adjustment to living in another culture, so challenging.

For more information about Bill Drake go to www.cultivatorshandbook.com and to view an extensive collection of Lisle Drake's digital printmaking go to www.mermaidsprings.com

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