Who we are vs. Who we think we are

Cross-cultural research focusing on Romania just became a whole lot more interesting with the publication of a new cognitive-experimental monograph by PhD Psychology professor Daniel David of the UBB Cluj. His book, aptly called "The Psychology Of The Romanian People" (Polirom, 2015) is full of thought-provoking revelations: for a nation, discrepancies between self-image and reality can lead … Continue reading Who we are vs. Who we think we are

The German Standard – Or Is It the Standard German?…

Don't worry, I am not going to bore you with yet another foray into ISO Quality Management, DIN-Standards, TÜV or the like. But it still doesn't hurt to stay a little giddy (where's that glass of rosé?) for this (literally) serious topic. As you all probably know, a cultural standard is the specific and fairly … Continue reading The German Standard – Or Is It the Standard German?…

Economic Migration And The Romanian Diasporas

A net record of 429,000 immigrants arrived in Germany in 2013 alone, making it the second most favored place of immigration after the United States. According to Aktiv Zeitung, an publication of the German metal industry, 500,000 more are expected this year. (And yet, Germany does not see itself as a country of immigrants.) The … Continue reading Economic Migration And The Romanian Diasporas

3(+2!) Tips For Doing Business With Romanians

Of course there is much more to Romania than the going clichés and stereotypes about maddening traffic, beautiful women and gentle landscapes, rude government clerks, fatty foods and loud partying. As a Romanian who has been living abroad for a third of her life (first in the United States and more recently in Germany), I hope I … Continue reading 3(+2!) Tips For Doing Business With Romanians