Cross Culture Understanding

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Cross Culture and Understanding:

CHAPTER 2: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION: Building Blocks and Barriers

I. Define CULTURE: learned patterns of perception, values, and behaviors shared by a group of people. Culture is dynamic and heterogeneous.

A. Culture is learned – how and what we eat for example, but also how we
Show love, affection. We embrace the culture we live in – consider
Children of one country adopted by families in another country

B. Culture involves perception and values:
Perceptions = ways of looking at the world
A sort of lens through which we view the world
Values = what is judged to be good or bad, right or wrong, in a culture Culture is like a computer program of the mind, telling us subconsciously How to conduct our lives

C. Culture involves feelings - we feel more comfortable in our own culture
(Our own “comfort zone”) The stronger your identification with your own
Cultural situation, the greater your feelings of discomfort when you are
Removed from this situation/ space (culture shock)

D. Culture is shared – implies a group of people – a home, a neighborhood,
A school, club or other group. Culture becomes a group experience
because it is shared with people who live in and experience the same
social environments.
involuntary associations:

voluntary associations:

E. Culture is expressed as behavior
Example: young people in U.S. typically socialized to make their own
decisions about dating, marriage, career. Young person in Mexico
expected to be more responsible for caring for other family members
and make career choices, etc. more in response to family wishes and
needs.

F. Culture is dynamic (changing) and heterogeneous (varied)
Note changes in American culture as portrayed in remakes of old movies
Note also changing roles of women in society
Heterogeneous aspect of culture obvious since any culture has
intercultural...
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