8 Ways to Visualize Culture

I’m starting a unit on intercultural communication and competence in the class I teach at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (a service-learning class called Intercultural Education in K-12 Classrooms) and one of the things we’re talking about today is the various ways to visualize culture. I thought I’d share the images (and video!) we’ll be working with today.

1. Can’t name this one because it will spoil the video!


2. Iceberg

















3. Tree

4. Onion



5. Glasses

6. Fish in water

7. Software of the mind

8. House


Can you think of other ways to visualize culture? Share in the comments!


What’s Up With Culture?
ercan_baysal (tree)
whole onion
Bear & Avery (dogs)
untitled (fish)
Dancing Around In the Geekiest of Ways (software)
Cate Brubaker (house)

About the Author: Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is a re-entry/repatriation coach, consultant, and author of the Re-Entry Roadmap creative workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 36 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

8 thoughts on “8 Ways to Visualize Culture

  1. appreciating simple tools like these. Intercultural communications needs to be in every part of the world. Especially in mine – the Middle East. The whole world can change.

    • Thanks, Sherifa. Simple tools are often the best tools! Do you do intercultural work in the Middle East? I’d love to hear about it.

  2. I’m in an Intercultural Communication class at Lesley University right now and all your images are great correlations to what we are working on! Thanks for sharing:)

    • Thanks for stopping by Ashley! If you all have thought of other images for culture, let me know so I can add them to the list!

    • Hey Seth, the glasses represent the cultural lenses we look through, and the ability to try on other cultural lenses.

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