Sarah Benton Cultural Diversity Online Sp 09 Intercultural Communications

Sarah Benton Cultural Diversity Online Sp 09 Intercultural Communications

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Sarah Benton Cultural Diversity Online Sp 09 Intercultural Communications In this week’s video segment, Adams invited several instructors from Governor’s State University to sit down with the class to discuss their views on communications. Topics included greetings, proximics and the media’s influence on stereotypes and communication. The three guests involved had experienced life in very different countries (Guatemala, Mexico and Taiwan) and had very enlightening ideas for the class. Intercultural communication is very important, especially in the United States. Not only are we a multicultural nation, but we interact with many countries around the world every day as part of the modern global village. As stated in the video, “humans have a basic need to connect through communication”, so an appropriate execution of this communication is key to both business and personal transactions. The tiniest change in greetings, such as 2 kisses on the cheek versus a handshake, can mean all the difference
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Unformatted text preview: in a relationship. In some countries, there are social restrictions on interactions between the genders, such as male to female touching in Asia and it’s subcultures. Breaking these social morays can result in a difference in reputation and treatment by the locals. One must be careful to always pay attention to such ideas as greeting practices, proximics and other social morays that could affect their reception in a new country. Intercultural communications, in this day and age, are one of the most important skills any one could possess, as we live in such a “global village”. With the advent of quick, easy and safe travel between countries, internet, global media and other technological advances, learning the practices and morals of other members of the “village” is crucial to our country’s and one’s personal success....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course HIS 207 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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