320 pages, 7.98 × 5.28 × 0.63 in
June 24, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0142180939
ISBN - 13: 9780142180938
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Chapter 1 Hearts and Minds, East and West"Heejung?”Hazel cold-called the graduate student at the end of the seminar table.“Do you have something to add?”Schooled in South Korea, Heejung Kim was now deep into her Ph.D. studies at Stanford. Hazel was her adviser and expected students to chime in during class discussions.Yet again, Kim shook her head and whispered, “No.”Slightly peeved, Hazel tried once more: “Heejung, what do you think about this claim that Asian students who sit silently in class and don’t contribute to the discussion aren’t thinking for themselves?” Hazel was referring to a widely publicized news article by a college professor who criticized Asian and Asian-American students for not participating in class. The professor concluded that the students were “freeloading,” and that “to be come independent thinkers, they need to learn to express themselves.”The other students waved their hands in the air and fidgeted in their chairs. Finally, Kim looked down and quietly asserted, “You know, talking and thinking are not the same thing.”No one knew what to say, so the class carried on to another point.Later that day, Kim e-mailed Hazel her response to the weekly class assignment. As usual, her commentary was both deep and succinct. But what really caught Hazel’s eye was Kim’s new e-mail signature: “The empty carriage rattles the loudest.”For all their interdependence, Asian students don’t talk much. At least that’s the perception many educators wrestle with, including
From the Publisher
“If you fear that cultural, political, and class differences are tearing America apart, read this important book.” —Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D., author of The Righteous Mind
Who will rule in the twenty-first century: allegedly more disciplined Asians, or allegedly more creative Westerners? Can women rocket up the corporate ladder without knocking off the men? How can poor kids get ahead when schools favor the rich?
As our planet gets smaller, cultural conflicts are becoming fiercer. Rather than lamenting our multicultural worlds, Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner reveal how we can leverage our differences to mend the rifts in our workplaces, schools, and relationships, as well as on the global stage.
Provocative, witty, and painstakingly researched, Clash! not only explains who we are, it also envisions who we could become.
About the Author
Hazel Rose Markus, PhD is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Alana Conner, PhD, is an experimental cultural psychologist, science communicator, and former senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
This book is a passkey that opens many doors. Using one simple principle, Clash! explain some of the most bedeviling cultural divides in our workplaces and communities. It's mandatory reading for teachers, managers, and parents who want to raise their kids to succeed in a multicultural world. —Chip Heath, PhD, coauthor, Decisive: How To Make Better Choices in Life and Work and Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard “Clash! offers deep insights into how our cultures and culture clashes make us who we are, and how that matters for success in the 21st century. Everyone should read this book.”—Carol S. Dweck, PhD, author of Mindset If you fear that cultural, political, and class differences are tearing America apart, read this important book to learn how we can turn some of our differences into strengths.--Jonathan Haidt, PhD, author of The Righteous Mind; What a brilliant, eye-opening book! Filled with insight, and based on fascinating original research, Clash! offers a way to understand and break through some of the deepest cultural divides of our time. It's a page-turner -- fun, witty, engagingly written.”—Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother "In these days of heedless enthusiasm for gene maps and brain scans, Clash! reminds us that human beings are, above all, culture-bearing, culture-sharing, and culture-shaping animals. This thoroughly engaging book shows that to know a person, one must know a culture."—Barry Schwartz, PhD, author of The Paradox of Choi