Different Cultural Groups Differ From One Another ( Martin & Nakayama )

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Shannon had visited family in Montreal in Canada once in the past as a traveller, and she kept in touch with her cousins as much as she could. Athough she has visited Canada before, it was only for a short period of time, therefore she would not have experienced many intercultural miscommunications that one would if they were migrating. Due to family circumstances, it was only Shannon and her Mother moving to Montreal, because her Brother was in his most important year at highschool at the time. Shannon was upset that her Mother was making her move and felt like she was splitting the family apart. Although she was raised to be respectful and well mannered, she did not agree with her Mother’s decision.

Culture is generally considered the main concept in Intercultural Communication, and studies often focus on how different cultural groups differ from one another (Martin & Nakayama, 2012). Culture is the aspects of a group of people, that can be defined by such things as language, religion, values and communication systems (Jandt, 2010). These values and views determine what that particular group class as important, appropriate and standard. Culture is not passed on through generations, and it can be adapted by any individual if open minded and respectful. The term culture shock can be defined as the transitional period of stress when an individual moves from a familiar environment to an unfamiliar one (Ting-Toomey & Chung, 2012). The individual is forced to participate in a…

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