I arrived for my second Nepali language class on time, but the teacher kept chatting about inconsequential things. I was paying by the hour, and we had already spent 25 minutes talking about nothing! A week later, I received an invitation to an art exhibit. The location was "Royal Museum," so that is where I went, only to find an empty building and no people. What had I missed? In my first meeting with the Dean of the Law Campus, we talked about trekking, the upcoming religious holidays, his visit to Seattle two years ago, relatives in the United States, but never directly addressed the reason for my visit that day. I thought I was there to learn what and when I would be teaching. What was going on here? What was I supposed to read between the lines in each of these encounters?
Julia Ann Gold,
ADR through a Cultural Lens: How Cultural Values Shape Our Disputing Processes,
2005 J. Disp. Resol.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/vol2005/iss2/2