Please, Please Mess with Culture

© 2017 Robert OsburnShould outsiders try to change others’ cultural practices? Academic anthropologists have long boomed a resounding “No!”  And not a few Christians have swayed along to the beat of a cultural relativism that preserves cultural practices in...

Our Biggest Challenge: Fragmented Families

© 2014 Robert OsburnHaving spent 29 years engaged with international students who come to the USA for study, I’ve heard more than my share of cross-cultural and cross-national comparisons.  Some are humorous, some sting.  For example, as one Mainland Chinese...

Why Culture Cannot Be Coerced

The battle for Baghdad (which may or may not be underway by the time this blog is posted) is not only a human tragedy, but a painful reminder of how culture can never be coerced.  Because this is so, the thousands of American lives and $1 trillion invested there...