A Todd Jones 5-06 overhead IP Culture 1 Culture Chapter 5 part 2 Activity: Intercultural Autograph Hunt I. What is culture? A. Importance of culture awareness today 1. Multi-cultural global view NYC has over 170 distinct ethnic communities. More than 140 languages and dialects in D.C. schools. More than 60% people in Miami born outside of U.S. If current trends continue, people of European decent will be minority of U.S. citizens after 2050. In Brussels (center of European Community), 1 in 4 new babies is Arabic. Korean neighborhoods in South American city of Asuncion, Paraguay. More than 40,000 Canadians live in Hong Kong. Restaurants in Queensland, Australia, print menus in Japanese & English. II. What aspects of our daily lives does culture influence? III. Culture is pervasive. There is no one aspect of human life that is not influenced by culture IV. Why are culture and communication inseparable? A. Culture is the foundation of all communication. Each of us express ourselves differently, not only because we are unique, but also because we belong to different cultural groups that provide communication guidelines. A Todd Jones 5-06 overhead IP Culture 2 V. What is Intercultural communication? A. When the message encoder is from one culture and the decoder is from another 1. What does it mean to be culturally sensitive? B. Acquiring cultural sensitivity takes time, practice, and most of all desire to change the way we view the world. VI. Culture distance A. The degree to which you differ from another group member on dimensions of language, social status, religion, politics, economic status, and basic assumptions about reality. B. The larger the cultural distance, the greater the difficulty in working together and effectively communicating will be.