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Cultural Statistics

Limited English Proficient Population of the USA:

  • In 2011, there were 25.3 million Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals, both foreign-born and US-born, residing in the United States
  • Over the past 20 years, the LEP share of the total US population has grown from close to 6 percent in 1990 to about 9 percent in 2011
  • The total number of LEP individuals has grown by 81 percent since 1990
  • Although most LEP individuals are foreign born, a sizable share (about 19 percent, or 4.8 million) of this population is native born

Source: Migration Policy Institute (

African Immigrants in the United States:

  • Almost half of the African foreign born in the United States have arrived since 2000.
  • The top countries of origin for African immigrants are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, and Kenya.
  • From 2001 to 2010, African nationals accounted for 28.4 percent of refugee arrivals and 21.2 percent of persons granted asylum.
  • Over one-third of all African immigrants reside in New York, California, Texas, and Maryland.

Source: Migration Policy Institute (

Gay Marriage Around the World
Countries that allow gay marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (2005), Denmark (2012), England/Wales (2013), France (2013), Iceland (2010), The Netherlands (2000), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013)

Countries where some jurisdictions allow gay marriage: Mexico (2009), USA (2003)

Source: Pew Research Forum (

Cultural Statistics

Percent of People Speaking Languages In Massachusetts in 2010

  • English – 78.9%
  • Spanish – 35.6%
  • Portuguese – 14.1%
  • French – 5.2%
  • Chinese – 5.2%
  • French Creole – 4.2%
  • Italian – 3.4%
  • Russian – 2.9%
  • Vietnamese – 2.7%
  • Greek – 1.9%

Source: American Community Survey

Marriage in the US:

  • In 2010 15% of all new marriages were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another
  • In 1980 6.7% of all new marriages were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another
  • Among all newlyweds in 2010, 9% of whites, 17% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 28% of Asians married outside their race or ethnicity
  • Between 2008 and 2010 22% of all newlyweds in Western states married someone of a different race or ethnicity, compared with 14% in the South, 13% in the Northeast and 11% in the Midwest

Source: Pew Social Trends (

Immigration Trends Around the World in 2010:

  • There were an estimated 216 million immigrants – people who live outside their country of origin
  • Europe had the most immigrants with approximately 70 million
  • North America was second with approximately 45 million immigrants
  • The most popular destinations for immigrants were the US, followed  by Russia and then Germany
  • Mexico had the most people who migrated to another country, with almost 12 million people leaving Mexico

Source: International Organization
for Migration (

UCF Professor Reminds Students to Learn, Discuss, and Respect Cultural Differences

Major Religions of the World in a symbol of unity

This week, a letter by a University of Central Florida professor Charles Negy went viral on Reddit as he addressed some of the inappropriate and biased reactions and comments made by the young students in his Cultural Psychology class while discussing the relationship between religion and Latino culture. While the details of the discussion from the class which took place several months ago are not all included, the lessons learned from the open letter to the students are an interesting reminder for everyone to take a step outside of their own cultures and belief systems in order to understand someone else’s perspective or experience. Click here for the link to Reddit post, or to read more how the University of Central Florida’s student newspaper Central Florida Future saw it, click here.


Ever Wondered What The Wizard of Oz Would Look Like in China? Take a Look…

Modern Day Flag of the People's Republic of China (Creative Commons)

Kari came across a portfolio of a young artist by the name of Billy Nunez here in Boston, and one of his illustrations is of what the Wizard of Oz would look like if it were based in China. The creativity and cultural aspects drawn in to the scenes are amazing and we both thought this was an interesting look at how another culture might interpret the classic American film. Check out the rest of the illustrations yourself here:

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What is Currently Trending Globally on Twitter?

Trends Map of Twitter Tags from the Northeast US and Southern Canada










As we have been taking a small break this week to write some more original content for the blog, I thought it would be fun to post a link one of the Culture Coach Team Members found that has been a source of great fun and insight into this vast world.

Trends Map is a website that reads through tweets in 10 languages (and growing by the months), and organizes the most popular hash tags and key terms. It takes this data and conveniently maps it on a picture of the globe with the corresponding trending tags. If you see a tag you like, you can click on it and see the tweets in real time. You can even zoom in and see more specific tags for smaller cities and regions.

I have found this website to not only be extremely interesting, but also really useful in keeping up with global events.

Global Business Articles

I recently came across a couple of Harvard Business Review blog posts on global leadership and I found them interesting so I am passing them along.

What Being Global Really Means

A New Era for Global Leadership Development

Want to hear what different accents sound like? Check out the speech accent archives.

The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.

Check out this fascinating website here:

Ten Indispensable Cultural Competency Websites for Businesspeople

Looking for great cultural competency resources on the web?  Try visiting the following websites for information on countries, governments, cultural practices and country/cultural business tips for working cross culturally:

CIA World Fact Book:

Off the main home page – click on the World Fact Book link.

This is an excellent resource for statistical information about countries around the world.

US State Department:

The State Department publishes Background Notes on most countries around the world. Look under the publications tab on the main homepage.

Library of Congress:

The Portals to the World section of the Library of Congress website has information on a large number of countries from around the world.

Executive Planet:

A resource on doing business with people from different cultures. Often includes communication styles, meetings and negotiations.

Nation Master:
A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.

World Business:

Information on business around the world.

The Economist:

Country guide by the Economist

Library of Congress:

This site has 91 different country studies that are extensive, covering all the political, cultural and economic aspects of the country.

United Nations:

Link to Member States for embassies and permanent missions.

Culture Coach International:

The website for CCI has under the resources section a large collection of useful websites that explore a variety of topics including cross cultural issues, healthcare and immigration.

CNN Article on Reverse Culture Shock

(CNN) — You’re in a country where everything feels different. The food isn’t what you’re used to; the people don’t make sense. It’s sensory overload and you’re bewildered by all the things around you — the language, the music, the faces, the smells. Everyone is moving at lightning speed, and you’re still staring at the food in the grocery store, confused about what to buy. “I walked out of the ice cream aisle because I couldn’t choose,” said Erin Curtis, a Peace Corps volunteer. But she wasn’t talking about her time in Kazakhstan. Curtis was referring to her trip to the local grocery in Lexington, South Carolina, last month.

Numbers leaving Ireland at double rate of next EU state says Irish Times

ARTHUR BEESLEY, European Correspondent

More people are leaving Ireland than anywhere else in the European Union, new research shows.

Although Ireland has the EU’s highest birth rate and lowest death rate, people are abandoning the country in droves as work dries up.

Figures compiled by Eurostat, the EU Commission’s statistical arm, show Ireland is markedly different from other countries in terms of population growth and outward migration. Overall, the population of the 27 EU countries is estimated to have grown to 501.1 million at the start of 2010 from 499.7 million in 2009.

For complete article in the Irish Times please visit:

France Sets Target For Women In Boardrooms

The French government has put forward legislation that would see women make up half the figures in France’s leading boardrooms within the next five years. In a bill modeled on similar legislation already in place in Norway, all companies listed on the Paris stock exchange would have to gradually add women directors to their boards until they make up 50 percent of board members by 2015.