Intercultural Communications

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Test 1
Chapters 1-4

COMM 1502
Alexandra MacMurdo
May 14, 2013

Chapter 1
1. Why is it important to think beyond ourselves as individuals in intercultural interactions?

It is important to think beyond ourselves as individuals in intercultural interactions because the world is a melting pot filled with many people of different cultures living amongst other cultures. This makes intercultural communication inevitable to everyone. Additionally, having an intercultural interaction tends to make one aware of his or her own ethnocentrism. Intercultural encounters require one to go beyond his or her self due to the fact that this world is not about one individually. The ability to challenge one’s ethnocentrism, by becoming self aware, plays an important role in successful intercultural interactions.

2. The term “nativistic” refers to a person or group being so patriotic that they are anti-immigrant. Give a modern example of this and discuss its implications on society.

A legislative act was passed and is being enforced in the state of Arizona that at the time of passage was a severe anti-illegal immigration tactic. It has been the center of debate since, internationally and nationally because of its controversy and nativistic attributes. The Arizona Act made it a state misdemeanor crime any immigrant to reside in Arizona without the required documents to prove U.S. citizenship. Additionally, Arizona law enforcement officers are to determine an individual’s residence status via a "lawful stop, detention or arrest" when there is reasonable suspicion of a person being an illegal immigrant. Its implications on society hinders the situation in both ways. On one hand, the illegal immigrants gave birth to children in the united states and are citizens because of their birth right. If they deport these children’s parents out of the country, it will not be fair to the children because they are citizens of the U.S. In...
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