Any scientist who has ever talked about her work with people not in her field knows how hard it can be to convey just what is so cool about what she does. Jargon, unspoken assumptions, and a PhD’s worth of background knowledge get in the way of snazzy stories and gripping take-home messages. And so a recent review of CLASH! rings all the sweeter for its appreciation of our writing. “CLASH! is remarkably readable, written in dynamic prose that’s all too rare in this type of book,” The Conference Board Review wrote, “and the authors resist going too far into the realm of pop psychology and self-help. It’s a genuinely substantial work.” Read the whole review here.
I sat down with radio legend Ronn Owens in his San Francisco studio to discuss CLASH! Ronn’s daughter is a country music lyricist in Nashville, and so I told him about my and Hazel’s studies of rock and country music lyrics, which show that rock music roils with themes of independence, while country music lilts with themes of interdependence. We also managed to discuss all 8 conflicts in the course of our conversation. Have a listen here.
Miami public radio’s “Topical Currents” hosted CLASH! authors Alana and Hazel on the eve of the Trayvon Martin case decision, wherein we explained not only why Blacks still think they are judged by the color of their skin, but also why they are right. We also had time to talk about less controversial topics, like religion and politics. Listen here.
In this radio interview on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Joy Cardin Show,” Alana fields questions from several articulate callers, including one who asked, “Why can’t we all just get over our cultures and agree to the underlying, fundamental Platonic ideals of truth, beauty, and justice?” Hear Alana’s response, as well as her thoughts on whether people are getting ruder, what Wisconsin has in common with Texas, and why Alaskans are so independent.
Note: CLASH! does NOT argue that our cultures determine whether we are successful, as the intro claims.
This one was fun to make: A Huffington Post multimedia slideshow illustrating the 8 culture clashes, plus a scorecard readers can use to figure out how independent and interdependent they tend to be. PLUS: pics of Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, and LL Cool J, not to mention video of Michael Moore and Merida. Hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!
The Washington Post named CLASH! one of “Eight Books to Make You Smarter” on its innovator’s summer reading list. “This might just be the perfect summer book to read before a family vacation to visit the in-laws,” wrote Dominic Basulto. “Any book that gets props from Amy Chua of ‘Tiger Mother’ fame is worth reading to understand the deep cultural conflicts that determine how we raise our kids and who we choose to govern us.”
MSNBC’s “The Cycle” featured CLASH! on May 16. Alana talked about religion, politics, and why migrating from Tennessee to San Francisco makes you lose weight and change your hair. Special bonus: smart hosts Touré, S.E. Cupp, Ari Melber, and Krystal Ball. Click this post to watch the clip. N.B. When Alana says “global working,” she means “global warming.” Total rookie action….
Clash! gives a simple explanation of why cultures collide and what everyone can do about it. We first reveal that underlying many of the 21st century’s fiercest conflicts is a single root cause: the clash between independence and interdependence.
Each of us has an independent, individual, and in-control side of our self, and an interdependent, relational, and conforming side. Depending on our cultural backgrounds, though, we use one side more than the other. The collision of independence and interdependence ignites not only everyday clashes between genders, races, and social classes, but also larger conflicts between regions, religions, and nations.
We aren’t doomed to squabbling over our differences, however. Instead, our book demonstrates how we can use both independence and interdependence to bridge cultural divides and to understand our own selves better.
For more about Clash! check out our website: www.cultureclashes.org.
Conservative radio host Stu Taylor and I discussed race, class, and gender. Although I had to open the can of statistical reasoning, no one got hurt. Instead, we both did a good job of demonstrating how to negotiate the clash of independence and interdependence. Click this post to hear a recording of our May 12 conversation.
Kara Platoni of Stanford Magazine sat down with Hazel and Alana to discuss Clash! in “About Our Antagonisms.” Among the morsels, Hazel talks about the Japanese art vendor who praised her for picking out the watercolors “that all the American women like,” and Alana reveals “an excellent project for the 21st century.”