English translation: "transcultural stress" would, of course, be the milder version.
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15:42 Sep 14, 2000
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Italian term or phrase:stress da transculturazione
a psychological term, a 'syndrom' involving problems adapting to a new culture...
Explanation: This term is used in a New York Times review of a theatrical production entitled "Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown," by Guillermo Reyes.
"The wild and compelling ride veers down a new path, offering insights into the lives of several gay Hispanic Americans as they confront the transcultural shock of race and gender identity Reyes calls the "His-panic breakdown.""
A Web search turned up about 1,500 hits for "transculturation," so "transculturation shock" is another possibility.
Explanation: I live in Israel and I read the local English press, where this issue is covered very often. The term commonly used to describe this condition referring to Americans, Canadians, Brits who moved to Israel is °cultural shock°. This is confirmed by an Internet search:
cultural shock: 3460 hits
transcultural shock: 1 hit
transcultural stress: 11 hits
transculturation shock: no hits
Here are some examples:
°Of course, as everybody who came here before me, I went through a kind of cultural shock, and my two sons and husband are experiencing it right now. I think I have adjusted pretty well though.°
°The school has an international orientation .... students go through a cultural assimilation program to avoid cultural shock°.
° I would have never thought that my trip would change my entire life. Yes I anticipated the cultural shock and the anxiousness of leaving my home and family.°
Laura Gentili Italy Local time: 12:54 Native speaker of: Italian PRO pts in pair: 221