Cross-Cultural Communication In Looking For Alibrandi By Melina Marchetta

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Every culture is different in their ways, not only do people with different cultural backgrounds speak different languages, but their styles of using languages are also different as they possess diverse values and beliefs. Modern society’s transnational flows of people will force us to confront these differences in the context ranging from language, arts, education,etc. The novel “Looking for Alibrandi” by Australian author Melina Marchetta published in 1992 has identified and addressed a set of underlying cross-cultural communication challenges posed by language, different cultural background, and religion. Through exposing the miserable experiences that migrants suffer and the crippling challenges that they face, our society has gained a …show more content…
One of the more significant challenges of cross-cultural communication is language barrier. Marchetta conveys this evident cultural barrier constructed by language difference through emotional language and characterization. Josie’s grandmother, Nonna is a character constructed developed to be an outcast, who was being isolated by the society when she first came to Australia due to the language barrier. She could not make Australian friends because she could not speak English fluently at the early stage. The sentence, “You don’t know how much I hated Australia for the first year. No friends. No people who spoke the same …show more content…
An Example from Croucher (2017) proves that “Religion and culture are inseparable, as beliefs and practices are uniquely cultural, for example, religious rituals unite believers in a religion and separate nonbelievers.” This statement from a research article “Religion, Culture, and Communication clearly indicates how religion can become a challenge in cross-cultural communication because it is essentially “a form of alienation”. It separates a society into different religious groups and makes communication particularly hard when people hold different values and beliefs, as they will have conflicting opinions over the sensitive issues. The conflict in religious beliefs is particularly strong between atheist and theist as shown in the dialogue “‘Father Stephen? What the hell does he know? There is no God, Josie.’ ‘You don’t believe in God?’” from the novel “Looking for Alibrandi” The impious language John used about God made Josie felt shocked. It thus and creates a conflicting view on religious beliefs. Nevertheless, as the world becomes globalized, conflicting religious beliefs in cross-cultural

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