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Crossing borders: bridging the gaps in intercultural relationships. Autumn Jackson, M.A. Esteban Touma, M.A. Our Intercultural Relationship. Intercultural Relationships.

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Crossing borders bridging the gaps in intercultural relationships

Crossing borders: bridging the gaps in intercultural relationships

Autumn Jackson, M.A.

Esteban Touma, M.A.


Our intercultural relationship

Our Intercultural Relationship


Intercultural relationships

Intercultural Relationships

  • Communication and interactionbetweentwopeoplewithdifferentreligious, social, ethnic, and/or educational experiences

  • RELATIONSHIP

    • Love

    • Work

    • Business

    • Studies

  • COMMUNICATION

    • Verbal

    • Non-verbal

    • Gestures

    • BodyLanguage

    • Expressions


Intercultural relationships1

Intercultural Relationships

Difficultiesinmeetinghalfway

Preconceptions

Environment

Language

DifferentValues

Time

Informality

Directness/Honesty


Preconception

Preconception

Cultural conceptions=Individuals

What we learned: Intercultural relationships can only develop if people are encouraged to think of the other person as individuals, and to try to put preconceived notions aside.


Environment

Environment

Environment determines behavior

Rules and norms are determined by environment. Not being in your own environment might be confusing.


Environment1

Environment

60% of allcommunicationis non-verbal

Howdoesyourbehaviorchange in differentcircumstances?

Wedding

Hospital

Day at thebeach

Whatwelearned: Empathy. Try tovisualizeyourownenvironmentthroughtheeyes of a stranger.


Language

Language

Mañana

Tomorrow

Besok

Similar wordshavedifferentconnotations

The meaning of a word depends on the culture.

Whatisbeingsaid?

Whatwelearned: Languagecommunicationneedstobe done through pauses and reflection. Active listening.


Different values

Differentvalues

Values are determinedbysociety

Time: Culture of efficiencyvs. relaxedsociety

Formality/Informality: Sociable relationship vs. formal behavior

Directness: Politeness vs. honesty

Whatwelearned: Not judginga person by how he reacts to our rules. Respecting values. Understanding other people’s behavior.


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • There will always be moments when you need to deal with an intercultural relationship

  • Be aware of otherpeople’sculturevalues.

  • Aspectstoconsider

    • Respect

    • Awareness

    • Knowledge


Thank you

Thankyou!

  • Sources:

  •  Pease, Adam. The Definitive Book of Body Language. New York: Bantam Books, 2009.

  • Samovar, Larry, Richard E. Porter, Edwin R. McDaniel. Communication between Cultures. Boston: Cengage, 2009.

  • Gudykunst, William and Young Yun Kim, "Communicating With Strangers: An Approach to Intercultural Communication," in Bridges Not Walls, ed. John Stewart. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.


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