Why cultures collide and what you can do about it
Split Identities on "To the Best of Our Knowledge"

Split Identities on “To the Best of Our Knowledge”

For years, we’ve tuned in to PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” most Sunday nights. So imagine our delight to be a guest on TTBOOK to discuss Clash! and how people navigate their many and often conflicting cultural identities. The line-up for the episode, called “Split Identities,” was top-notch, and included former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu discussing his memoir A Chinaman’s Chance; and filmmaker Lacey Schwartz talking […]

When Tiger Mom Knows Best

When Tiger Mom Knows Best

In her book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law professor Amy Chua described the high-pressure parenting style common in much of East Asia and ignited an international debate: Do Tiger Moms really push their kids to excellence, or do they crush them with expectations? The answer? It depends on the family’s culture, […]

Our SCIENCE Letter: Gender Clashes in Science

Our SCIENCE Letter: Gender Clashes in Science

Do women “choose” to leave science, or does the daily grind of discrimination, lose-lose tradeoffs, and culture clashes drive us away? Do we opt out, or are we pushed out, to use the language of sociologist Pamela Stone? The data are still rolling in, but today in Science, we show how the more popular opting-out account obscures the more […]

United Arab Emirates Bans CLASH!

United Arab Emirates Bans CLASH!

Happy Mouloud (or Mawlid), the birthday of the prophet Muhammad ! If you were hoping to celebrate this holiday by buying a copy of CLASH! in the United Arab Emirates, you are out of luck, for the UAE’s censors have banned our book. What’s so scandalous about CLASH? you ask. Is it our amply documented discussion of how […]

Hear Hazel and Alana read CLASH!

Hear Hazel and Alana read CLASH!

Over the river and through the woods, you can now listen to CLASH! as you drive, walk, or caper across the autumnal landscape. Hazel and Alana narrate the book, which means you can bask in Hazel’s warm Californian inflections and Alana’s slightly Southern accent (although she worked hard to say “gender” instead of “ginder.”) If […]

CLASH! at TEDx

CLASH! at TEDx

Alana was chuffed to give a talk about CLASH! at the inaugural TEDx Pacific Palisades, whose theme was “From_____ to_____.” She shared, among other things, tales of her harrowing transition from working-class Memphis to Yale, a photograph of her at age 17 with her grandmother, and the story of how she got mixed up with Hazel Rose Markus in the […]

Watch Your Language for Better Business

Watch Your Language for Better Business

Why argue when you can discuss? Why go for the jugular when you can go for the gold? In CLASH!, we explore how using the right words can spawn more collaborative–and therefore more creative–workplaces. “By taking a moment to choose more interdependent words,” we write, “you could transform a snake pit into a brain trust.” […]

"Remarkably readable...dynamic prose"

“Remarkably readable…dynamic prose”

Any scientist who has ever talked about her work with people not in her field knows how hard it can be to convey just what is so cool about what she does. Jargon, unspoken assumptions, and a PhD’s worth of background knowledge get in the way of snazzy stories and gripping take-home messages. And so […]

What Your Music Says About You

What Your Music Says About You

Alana sat down with radio legend Ronn Owens in his San Francisco studio to discuss CLASH! Ronn’s daughter is a country music lyricist in Nashville, and so Alana told him about her and Hazel’s studies of rock and country music lyrics, which show that rock music roils with themes of independence, while country music lilts […]

Talking Race in Florida

Talking Race in Florida

Miami public radio’s “Topical Currents” hosted CLASH! authors Alana and Hazel on the eve of the Trayvon Martin case decision, wherein we explained not only why Blacks still think they are judged by the color of their skin, but also why they are right. We also had time to talk about less controversial topics, like religion […]