Contemplative anthropologist and mindfulness teacher Michael J. Kimball has a new
book for people who want to bridge cultural divides. It’s called Ethnowise: Embracing Culture Shock to Build Resilience, Responsiveness & Connection.
Michael J. Kimball
Drawing on the latest findings in anthropology, neuroscience, and mindfulness studies, Ethnowise helps
readers learn to disrupt habitual reactions to the unfamiliar, grow resilience to
cultural discomfort, and transform culture shock into connection.
“At a moment when the global tide of fear of the unknown is on a steep rise and social
cohesion eroding, Michael Kimball’s book Ethnowise is a timely and thoughtful contribution,”
said Waidehi Gokhale, CEO of Soliya, an international nonprofit that focuses on empowering
young adults to engage with difference constructively.
To effectively reach across social and cultural boundaries, Kimball states individuals
need to do three things: discover what culture shock really is, how it affects your
mind and body (even when you don’t know it), and which tools can help you turn it
to your advantage. By presenting some core principles and a set of powerful techniques,
Kimball, associate professor of Anthropology at UNC, offers an entertaining, informative,
and practical guide to achieving these goals.
The book is available here.