I have a PhD in Trans-cultural Nursing so I have studied many cultures, have done ethnographies and taught cross-cultural sensitivity to those entering new cultures. I know to lay back when I am in new surroundings and observe a long time before I make any moves. This time, however, I was in my own domain where I call the shots every day so I wasn’t really looking for differences. After all, I was the master of this domain. I was working in the hospital’s Intensive Care Nursery. I was caring for a premature newborn. He was in a heated isolette and was taken out for his mother to feed him. I always play music for newborns in isolettes because they have little stimulation most of the time. At one point the mother of the newborn told me not to play music for her son. “His father would not like music played for his son.” This Moslem mother from Pakistan did not want western lullabies played for her baby. She said she would bring in Arabic readings for him. She never did. I never played music by his bedside again.
In Japan, when we lose a tooth, if it is an upper tooth, we bury it in the ground, and if it is a lower tooth, we throw it to the roof, to pray for getting a stronger tooth. But I think my son would love to get a dollar, haha.