From U.S. to Romania and back

TibiFor my international PR class we were assigned to interview a non-U.S. citizen. I interviewed Tibi Galis. Tibi works for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing genocides around the world.

Tibi is 29 years old and currently resides in New York City. However Tibi was born and raised in Romania and completed part of his education in England.romania-location-map

For my interview, I was most interested in Romania since I have not learned much about it before. Here are a couple of the questions I asked:



1. What has surprised you most about the cultural differences between Romania and the U.S.?

Tibi: The community and society. You don’t know your neighbor here. People here talk about how they relate to others but they have no true connections. In Romania, you have lots of close connections.

2. How does the media operate in Romania compared to the U.S.?

Tibi(in his wonderful british/romanian accent): For TV, the format is slightly different. There is not so much difference between public and private. There is a lot more focused on international news. Language is made accessable to everyone and there is not as much reality tv. Newspapers talk more to college educated people.

3. How to Romanians respond to media?

Tibi: Romanians are less active when it comes to responding to political news. The news emphasizes the bad and people get scared and insecure.

4. Do Romanians communicate primarily through speaking or body language?

Tibi: They use lots of body language, more than here. They still speak, but body language is very present.

5. What advice would you have for anyone visiting Romania?

Tibi:  Speak to lots of people and engage with the locals.

I have had the pleasure of having many conversations with Tibi and love to hear about the history of Romania. Tibi experienced the change of a communistic culture first hand and there is not better learning experience than a true testimony. I love hearing his stories of his culture growing up (and not to mention, I don’t mind listening to his accent either).

In the end, I think experiences such as these make us more diversified as a person to communicate and listen to other’s cultural backgrounds. I welcome anyone else with an interesting story with open ears.


September 29, 2009. International PR.

One Comment

  1. Andrews replied:

    Seems as if he has lots of stories to tell. Hope you will share some of his stories with the rest of the class.

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