What's it like to return to todays America, after years of living abroad? Will it be reverse culture shock?
Imagine living abroad for years, then suddenly deciding to return home. Would you experience culture shock in reverse? Would your relationships with friends and family have changed? Would personal changes brought on by living abroad have an impact on your perceptions of a place that used to be so familiar? Would you still feel..... like that place was your home?
American Culture Shock tells this story.
Leaving America to travel and live in Asia has been a monumental journey. Many people have experienced it and understand the impact in can have on the way you think. It effects the way you communicate your personality, and the way you perceive things around you, including your past.
I experienced culture shock when I arrived in Asia. And wrote about it on my blog. Now I'm curious about the culture shock I may have upon my return to America. How do culture shock and reverse culture shock compare? My goal is to film this experience and share it with you.
This story will be told through a series of interviews with friends from both The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) and America. Family, co-workers and travellers who have all had some experience with both leaving their homes and dealing with culture shock. I'm interested in discussing the issue of America, living abroad and culture shock not only through my eyes but through those around me as well.
The costs for creating this film are fairly low since I will not be using high-end professional equipment, and will be doing a lot of the filming myself.
The main costs are in transportation, and equipment which include use of a camera, audio equipment and some lighting. Transportation of gear to and from The Republic of China and around Wisconsin, illinois and Michigan where filming will take place.
Later I will do my own editing and production with Adobe Premier and After Effects. The Finished project will be made available on a variety of sites of course. The project filming will take place between June and July in The Republic of China, and August in the United States.
My goal with this project is to examine what it’s like to return to American after adjusting and in some ways assimilating to an Asian lifestyle. I want to delve into and share with you the complexities of reverse culture shock on a day to day basis and what that may feel like both for me and those around me. How will returning to the U.S. be? Will I be able to adjust back to American lifestyle within 3 weeks? Will I be excited to return to Asia after? Will leaving to go back to Asia for a second time compare to the first or will it feel like I am going home after a trip abroad?
Thanks for taking the time to look at my project! I welcome any feedback / and or advice as well.... I know I need it.
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Contributions of $10 or more will receive an American Culture Shock postcard, created with a still from the film, and posted on location from The Republic of China ( Taiwan )Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Contributions of $25 or more will receive a complete set of 10 American Culture Shock postcards, created from stills from the film shot in both The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) and America, and a handwritten letter from me, as well as thanks on my blog and networks!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Contributions of $50 will receive an American Culture Shock postcard set, AND a beautiful American Culture Shock poster created from shots while on location in both The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) and The United States. You will also receive a copy of the finished film on DVD after its completion with special credit for your contribution. You will also receive a special thanks credit in the film as a contributor...Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Contributions of $100 will receive the American Culture Shock postcards too, BUT they'll receive one every week during the shooting in July and August, posted on location, with a personal project update note from me personally. You will ALSO receive the complete American Culture Shock movie soundtrack which includes music created both in The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) and the United States. I will also later ship you a copy of the finished DVD with an American Culture Shock poster. I will also give you a special contributors mention in the film.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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For a contribution of this magnitude for a film project like mine, you will be an official sponsor of my project, and receive a prime spot at the beginning of my film and a promise to mention your contribution whenever I talk about the project! You will also receive personlized postcard updates of the project progress while I'm shooting. If you are in Taipei or The great lakes region of the United states I would love to meet with you in person, and possibly even include you in my film project. Of course you will receive the finished DVD. I would also like to create a special "Culture Pack" for you, that will include some key items from both Chinese and American culture that I feel really signifies the differences between the two and will give you a tangible taste of that difference as well.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013