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RUNNING HEAD: CULTURE 1

Japanese and African American Culture

By

Eric D. Tucker

Colorado Technical University

CULTURE 2

Abstract

Japanese cultures use an indirect method when communicating while African Americans use a more direct form of dialect. The Japanese are known to be more passive leaving their message to be interpreted. Meanwhile, African Americans tend to be somewhat more aggressive and mean exactly what they are saying when communicating. In this essay we will discuss and explore the differences in these two cultures with specifics on the appropriateness of eye contact. What is considered as respect to one culture can easily be misinterpreted as disrespect to another. Often time’s ethnocentrism can lead to controversy amongst different cultural backgrounds. The feelings of what is the norm in one culture can really be looked upon as strange, weird, unusual or even wrong to some. Having a thorough knowledge and understanding of different practices can alleviate feelings of disrespect and superiority.

CULTURE 3

Japanese and African American Culture

Japanese businessmen avoiding eye contact during a meeting is apparently a cultural acceptance in Japan. It is very normal not to look at an individual in the eyes. It's simply not habitual to make direct eye contact in their culture. “In fact, for some people, looking directly in the eyes could be considered rude and it could make them...