“So what do you appreciate in Dutch culture?” When I pose this question to internationals of the TU/e community in a training, it is often followed by an awkward silence… To break it, I often quickly add: “… and by the way you don’t have to say food!”. This always creates some spontaneous laughter, as food is often seen as an issue by newcomers in Holland. Then after some thinking most participants will confess they appreciate the strict time perception (monochrony) or the direct style of communicating of the Dutch, or more individualism than where they come from.
Even teachers/trainers in intercultural awareness can sometimes display a lack of intercultural sensitivity.
A native of Strasbourg, I’ve lived 33 years in the Netherlands and worked 30 years at TU/e. I teach intercultural communication in various forms and also help develop further our Community. As such culture and communication are part of my entire life and they activate my 5 senses all day long! And I like to share these impressions and experiences. So stay tuned for more!