*Remember all cultural studies are looking for group norms and do not represent every individual. One should avoid stereotypes but rather seek to understand. Here are various ways to consider cultures.


Asian Immigrants

Proud of my eyes:

 "The Only Son" is a really good documentary about the parents whose children go off to be educated and the divide it creates for the traditional/indigenous family at home. You can deeply sense the pain it creates on both sides. I could imagine my students, though from different cultures, feeling the exact same tug-of-war. (Bonus if you like beautiful mountains) . The film centers on Pema’s parents’ expectation that Pema will return to Dolpo, Nepal, when he completes his education, marry a Dolpapa woman, and manage the family’s land. As the only son, this is his role in Dolpo’s traditional culture. Pema is torn between his duty to the family and his desire to live the modern life that he now prefers. The film is primarily shot in Karang, a village at 13,000 feet in Upper Dolpo, one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Set in Nepal 

Integrating Arab Narratives from the website of the Cult of Pedagogy by  Jennifer Gonzales : A little over a year ago, Dr. Sawsan Jaber helped us understand how Arab-American students often experience exclusion, bullying, and other forms of marginalization in our schools, and how we can do a better job of supporting them. Now she returns with three other educators — Fatma Elsamra, math, Reem Fakhry, science, and Abeer Ramadan-Shinnawi, social studies — to focus more specifically on the curriculum piece of this work, approaches we can take to integrate Arab narratives into our teaching and curriculum. 

Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Month: from PBS Every May we take extra time to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month by shining a light on AAPI experiences and filmmakers.

Enjoy this selection of films, some premiering in May as well as some gems to revisit. These documentaries celebrate the light and love in our diverse AANHPI communities. We also recognize the need to face ugly truths about events of racism, xenophobia, and violence targeted towards AAPI communities. When we are honest about the past, we can begin to heal from the wounds of hate and in doing so, make a better future together.


Latino Cultures in the US Be inspired by the contributions and experiences of Latinos in the US

Comparing cultures

Individualism vs Collectivism: Why it Matters in the Classroom:

Individual vs. Collectivism - Me or We? Cultural Difference between East and West:

East vs. West PDF: t

Comparing Cultures: Hofstede Model. Type in two cultures and compare. Suggestion:  It is helpful to understand the meaning of the categories first by reading the next link :

Understanding Hofstede Dimensions:

Lewis Model:

Infographic: What Everyone in the World Cares About Most: 

East & West: Part 1 and 2, Westerners See Nouns, Easterners See Verbs (2012)

Influential Muslim Women


Language guide: Card you can print and show parents to find out a family's language.

"Learn Languages"- Regardless of the title, this is an excellent resource for finding out the similarities and differences of English to other languages. It also provides a helpful list of words used  in New Arrival classes in many and some less common languages.

Languages converted to Roman scripts so you can read them.

Encyclopedia of Languages:

Map of indigenous languages of Central America:

Indigenous Languages of Guatemala


List of countries and languages:

Understanding Student's names: Getting It Right: Reference Guides for Registering Studentswith Non-English Names, 2nd Edition 

Instant Translator in many languages:


ELL2.O Guatemala Infographic

Chinese: Tianni Guo

I did this presentation a while ago and I think it might be helpful to some of you: