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A Todd Jones 5-06 overhead
IP 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,
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
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
A Todd Jones 5-06 overhead
IP Culture
V. What is Intercultural communication?
A. When the message encoder is from one culture and the decoder is from
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.