Culture Shock Story a project by Meri Collazos


5 Toys Story

In 5 Toys Story, the participants engaged in a game to test their creative skills and how well they related it to intercultural experiences. The test consisted of working out a creative ordering of a set of objects and telling why the objects were chosen in a particular order. The objects to put in order five windup toys: a mouth, an ear, a pair of shoes, a globe of the world, and a robot. Participants were given a set of labels that corresponded to each object and invited to use those labels to help them in the narrative of the creative ordering. Not all the participants used the labels to help themselves in working out the creative ordering and the subsequent storytelling of that order. Some of them just took a quick look at the labels and grasped some of the notions and used them for the narrative account. The participants were totally free to manipulate the toys and to explain it however they wished to. They were no time limits, but the average time was roughly one minute and a half.

View the video collection on vimeo on the following link 5 TOYS Story

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About Culture Shock:

"Culture shock is the difficulty people have adjusting to a new culture that differs markedly from their own." (

"Many of us are striving to produce a blend of all the cultures which seem today to be in clash with one another. No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive". -Mahatma Gandi

"Culture is a mold in which we are all cast and it controls our daily lives in many in suspected ways...Culture hides more than it reveals, and strangely enough, what it hides, it hides most effectively from it's own participants" -Edward T. Hall

"America is a poem in our eyes" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow"-Lin Yutang