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CultureShock! Singapore by Kelly Jackson-Nash

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CHAPTER 4

SETTLING IN

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‘If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.’

— James Michener

 

 

For the expat living in Singapore, there are two distinct types of ‘fitting in’. There is fitting in to the expat lifestyle and there is fitting in to the wider Singaporean society. It’s entirely possible to live your whole time in Singapore within what is sometimes called ‘the expat bubble’: mixing only with other expats and interacting with Singaporeans only when necessary. Sticking with your own is a very normal human reaction to living outside of your home culture, and how much ...

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