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Culture Shock: A Technical Writer’s Viewpoint

Gurpreet took this picture of a beggar while experiencing a culture shock in the streets of San Francisco.

No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.”- James A. Baldwin

Technical Communicators often have to travel overseas for an extended period of time for work, training, and higher education. Gurpreet Singh describes the stress, also known as culture shock, caused by living in a different culture and its different stages with his own personal experiences. He took the above photo while experiencing a culture shock in the streets of San Francisco.

What is a Culture Shock?

Culture Shock is defined as the stress or a feeling of disorientation, experienced by someone who is suddenly exposed to a different culture. Most people experience culture shock when they live overseas for an extended period of time.

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