Intercultural Communication Experience

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IC Experience Reflection Paper

Intercultural Communication can be seen being used by people around the world. There are many different forms that fall into the category of Intercultural Communication. Such an example would be how religion affects a person’s behavior and speech. I decided to expand my education of Intercultural Communication by observing ethnicity and race. All of my life I have grown around various ethnicities and races, but I have not gone in-depth on their behaviors or communication. Ethnicity and race can be understood in different ways by society. A person’s actions, speech, attire, and communication are greatly affected by ethnicity and race.

The way I was going to enlighten myself with how ethnicity and race play roles in Intercultural Communication, I spent the day with a couple of exchange students. My mother-in-law currently has two exchange students from Brazil. Wesley is a male twenty-one years of age and from Osasco, Sao Paulo and Everaldo is another male who is twenty-two from Belem. I wanted to get a feel of their culture by trying some of their country’s food and go to a soccer game in Seattle. Soccer is not one of the mainstream of sports in the United States but it is the most popular sport in Brazil.

There are not a lot of Brazilian restaurants in the South Puget Sound, however, I was able to find one that we would be able to stop by before the soccer match. On October 21, 2012, we went to brunch at Novihos (no-veel-yos) in Factoria, Washington. This authentic Brazilian steakhouse was an experience because they served the food on swords which the meats are carved right onto your plate. Wesley and Everaldo were very excited to be in this setting. They said that this type of meal in Brazil is not done very often and really the upper-class are the types of people who are frequently seen at the establishments; providing an example of power. Wesley was really impressed by the quality of the food while Everaldo...
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