Field Research Paper on Aspects of Diversity and Intercultural Communication

2860 Words Nov 4th, 2010 12 Pages
Field Research Paper

Diversity and Intercultural

Daniel Plouffe

The International Cultural Battle
Composed by Daniel Plouffe
In our world of expanding technology and shrinking geography, people of different cultures have increasing frequency of contact and need for effective communication on a daily basis. Whether through travel, immigration, or international business, having the ability to communicate across many different cultures is an advantage in and of itself. Speaking a different language is an obvious obstacle to intercultural communication, but a greater and more difficult hurdle is to “speak” a different culture. To understand and comprehend and even apply these tiniest
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The expatriate may have developed ethnocentric tendencies during this stage or even worsened pre-existing ones. Ethnocentrism plays a big part in this stage because until the expatriate realizes that no culture is better than another and no two cultures are the same, they will learn to let go of their uncertainties and develop an open-minded attitude. At this point the expatriate will advance to the third stage of culture shock which is adjustment to the new culture. The expatriate see’s both sides and learns more about how the other culture works (Beamer and Varner (2008) The third… (p. 17). What constitutes this stage in culture shock is that the expatriate can more easily converse in the new culture which allows for some productivity in business negations with the host county. The expatriate is not fully adapted and still has many challenges with meeting the expectations of the new culture, which the expatriate may not consider new anymore. The expatriate can handle new challenges more easily and is not broken down emotionally when a large roadblock happens. When an expatriate arrives in a new country sometimes they do not also arrive spiritually, meaning they don’t come with an open heart and an equally open mind. Until an expatriate learns to open their spirit they can never advance to the fourth stage of culture

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