University of Phoenix
April 18, 2012
Intercultural Communication Paper
Demonstrate an example of poor intercultural communication that significantly affected international commerce or foreign policy with United States and Mexico. Mexico is a country of intercultural relevance neighboring among the American continent. The United States of America is the traditional believe in a different in tradition. The norms between the two counties are the ethic, language with in intercultural communication. In the United States there over a 313 million people in the population and it the third largest country in the world. It said the large portion of the population is 64 percent is white, 16 percent Hispanics, 13 percent is Black, 1 percent is Native American, and 5 percent is Asians and Pacific Islanders. Mexico has 113.7 million people in it population and growing 1.10 percent annually each year (Huntington, 2005). The population in Mexico is roughly 60 percent mixed with Spanish and indigenous heritage, various indigenous groups are 30 percent, and European ancestry is 9 percent. In largest cities in world is Mexico City the capital of Mexico has 22 million is in the metropolitan area. The two counties differ in their cultural patterns language, beliefs, and values. The American speaks mostly English and the Mexican speaks mostly spinach. Some of the people in both counties can speak both languages to communication with each other’s. The two counties have cultural patterns in beliefs, the United States is 82 percent of the population professes some religious beliefs and most of American is Christians. The Mexican people are mostly Roman Catholic, Mexican do not go to church services regularly but history of all Mexicans, Catholic holiday is celebrated, and the religion influenced the cultural, attitudes (Berry & Maciel, 2000). The values in both counties are differing in the tradition. In the United States an American strongly value his or her freedom and independence. Most American voices his or her opinion and enjoys a good sense of humor. Most American wear his or her clothing the way the please and value comfort in his or her clothing. Another tradition is the greeting in the United States to others and to them is the American handshake and to a stranger a greeting will be hello or a wave. Mexicans value companionship, hilarity, durable work, individual respect, and integrity (Berry & Maciel, 2000). In the United States and most Mexicans, wear clothing that is coming to each other especially in urban areas. In the greeting a Mexican will shake a person hand to say hello or good-bye or nod his head. Men and women in Mexico will greet close friends with a kiss on the cheek. Communications plays an important differ in the two counties. When conversing, Americans generally stand about 2 feet away from each other (Chen & Starosta, 2000). However, to show sympathy or to show caring an American may touch one another on the arm or shoulder during a conversation. The communications network is wide-ranging and current and almost all Americans have one or more television sets that have cable or satellite and cellular phones in many households (Chen & Starosta, 2000). Many American do not have landlines phone because the cellular phones have replaced it. The newspaper is available and there are thousands of radio and television stations in operation throughout the country but most American use the television and internet for sources for news. More than 78 percent of Americans use the internet. Today, many companies are choosing to go paperless, performing all of their business electronically and online. Mexicans use gestures with their hands and arm in conversation and they position close to each other while when he or she is talking. Example of hand gestures a Mexican can indicate approval by giving a thumps...