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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Cross-cultural remedies for health care

Marcos Pesquera of North Potomac left his native Puerto Rico behind nearly 30 years ago to study at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. As he moved from behind a People’s drug store counter into retail pharmacy and managed care administration, he sometimes found himself in a totally unexpected role as a translator for Spanish-speaking patients.

He quickly realized that clear communication depends on more than just words. Asked to translate between a young female doctor and an elderly Hispanic woman with congestive heart failure, he was baffled by the patient’s refusal to listen to the doctor’s advice.

‘‘It’s not just interpreting, it’s being a cultural broker,�? said Pesquera, 46, the executive director of a newly formed Center of Health Disparities for Adventist HealthCare in Rockville.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:21 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Cultural Relativism

None of us is a nihilist in everyday life. We all assume there is such a thing as moral values. Consequently, it should be possible to answer the question of what constitutes the good life. Similarly, most of us are not anarchists; the good life seems possible to us only within a political order, secured by some form of governmental authority. Anyone who deviates from this consensus by word is considered an odd fellow; anyone who does so by deed is regarded as a pathological case, possibly a criminal.

But here begins the disagreement. How many answers can be found to the question of the right political order? Someone who says "Just one – mine!" is a monist, regardless of whether he is an enlightened liberal or a radical Islamist. "Not all, but more than one!" is the response of the pluralist. And finally, the cultural relativist maintains: "All answers given by all cultures are right!"

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:20 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

Companies are Leveraging International Assignments to Better Compete Globally

The use of international assignments is not only growing, but its role is changing, according to ORC Worldwide’s 2006 Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices. The survey shows 56 percent of companies have increased expatriate usage, and the types of assignments are changing to reflect the growing needs and challenges of today’s global economy.

In fact, companies with a larger expatriate population most often use international assignments for early career development or training, whereas among companies with fewer than 250 expatriates, the most common purpose for an overseas assignment is to fill a senior management role.

Read more: ORC
Posted by Kwintessential at 5:17 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

Fortitech.com Adds Chinese Language

Fortitech, Inc. has newly added Chinese to its growing list of available languages on its Website. The addition of Chinese increases the list of available languages to six, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German which were all launched with the newly redesigned Website in April 2005.

The nutrition industry worldwide has grown by more than 15% in the past three years totaling about $210 billion dollars (€ 161 billion). The market in China is growing just as fast, if not faster, accounting for about $9 billion dollars (€ 6.9 billion). It was because of this growing market and the potential for new fortification opportunities that spurred the initiative to add Chinese to the Website.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:15 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

New Way of Working with SDL Trados 2007

SDL International, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, announced today SDL Trados 2007 – a critical solution to ensuring automation of the translation supply chain for global corporations.

SDL Trados 2007 allows global corporations to consistently deliver high quality multilingual content to local markets through full integration with the translation supply chain of over 140,000 translators skilled in SDL Trados technology.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:13 PM
Categories: Press Releases

Word of the Day: collegial

collegial \kuh-LEE-jee-uhl; -juhl\, adjective:
1. Characterized by or having authority or responsibility shared equally by each of a group of colleagues.
2. Characterized by equal sharing of authority especially by Roman Catholic bishops.
3. Of or relating to a college or university; collegiate.
4. Characterized by camaraderie among colleagues.

These collaborations also tend to be collegial, with the leader perceived as one among equals, rather than as one in possession of unique skills or knowledge. -- Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration

Through Marshall's own instinct for building consensus and, most important, through the power of collegial discussion, the Justices of that era overcame sharp divisions and succeeded in separating the interests of the Court and of the Constitution from politics. -- Edward Lazarus, Closed Chambers

Posted by Kwintessential at 4:49 PM
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