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Since Jacquie recently returned from teaching in Japan and China, she may still be utilizing the same teaching techniques. Those techniques may not meet the needs of her current students. Jacquie may not be aware that students in Canada are used to a different teaching style then students in Japan or China. In North American classrooms, students may be expected to challenge the ideas of their professors and their peers, as well as ask questions, engage in debate, and be assertive and outspoken (Schwartz, n.d.). When Jacquie confronted the student she gave her the option to change classes if she was not satisfied. The student may not have had any intentions of upsetting Jacquie, but after being confronted by her, she changed her behavior in class. Critical Incident 3 16. Irene and her husband recently met a couple that had just immigrated to Canada. Irene and her husband were having a party at their house, so they decided to invite their new friends. When the couple arrived, there were three other couples there already. The man entered and shook hands with the men but not with any of the women. Irene was insulted. The cultural orientations related to this critical incident are gender roles, customs, and non-verbal communication. Irene felt insulted that her male neighbor did not shake hands with any of the females. It is not stated what nationality the man is, but it is stated that he had recently immigrated to Canada. Going off of that one can assume that the man’s cultural background is that of a male dominate culture, perhaps an Arab culture. Although Irene was insulted, her neighbor may not be fully aware of the cultural differences in Canada. In many Muslim cultures men are forbidden to touch women who are not related. Due to Islamic tradition, men and women do not touch each other. Thus men shake the hands of other men, and women shake each
7 Intercultural Communication Paper other’s hand (Shiil, n.d.). Perhaps he was just doing what he was accustomed to. In his mind he was being respectful of the men and women. Irene may be accustomed to males initiating a hand shake, but in Arab cultures males only shake hands with a female if she offers her hand first (Reynolds, 2016). Irene’s lack of cultural awareness has possibly led her to think of her neighbor as rude or chauvinistic. Her neighbor also displayed a lack of cultural awareness, because of this he left a bad impression with Irene. Handshaking is a form of nonverbal behavior that can dramatically influence the perception and appraisal of social interactions (Katsumi, Kim, Sung, Dolcos, & Dolcos, 2017)
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