American Ways: A Guide for Foreigners in the United States

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Intercultural Press, 2003 - Travel - 295 pages
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American Ways covers all the basic needs of the foreign visitor, student or business person. From understanding American society to making one's way through daily life, the book discusses customs, cultural values, politics, education, religion, male/female relationships, sports and recreation, driving, shopping, behaviour in public places, studying, business, and nonverbal communication.....Coverage includes the concept of friendship, major changes in family structure and values, the American obsessiveness with personal hygiene, culture shock and adjustment, competition among broadcast and print media, the Internet and e-mail, and additional helpful activities for learning about American culture.

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i am a chinese, when i read it as my text book, i found out this book is full of bragging just like the black hip-hop star raping for their new car. and the authority is writing by his standing. not a good book for the new visitor to adapt in the local culture.

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Gary Althen served for thirty years as a foreign student adviser at the University of Iowa, many of them as director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. He has been president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and received its Marita Houlihan Award for his contributions to the field of international educational exchange. He is the author of The Handbook of Foreign Student Advising and is author, editor, or coauthor of many publications concerning international education and intercultural affairs. He has lived and worked in Peru and Malaysia.

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