Intercultural Communication ( Mcdaniel, Samnovar & Porter Essay

1673 Words Aug 13th, 2016 7 Pages
When a person from one culture sends a message to a person from a different culture, this process is known as intercultural communication (McDaniel, Samnovar & Porter, 2012). We interact with people from different cultures on a daily basis and therefore it is useful to have knowledge of the theories which develop our intercultural communication skills. Several of these concepts can be explained through stories relayed to me by my friend Victoria, who has experience working with Middle Eastern people after joining the Muslim community in 2014. More people should be made aware of theories such as Hofstede’s (2012) cultural dimensions, and Ting-Toomey 's (1999) staircase model in order to avoid cultural misunderstanding. Applying these concepts to understand Victoria’s experiences have also helped enlighten me about my own ethnic identity and cultural values.

Victoria is New Zealand born and raised but converted to the religion of Islam at the age of 18. She shared with me some stories about the main differences she noticed between her New Zealand upbringing and her new culture when she first became involved with the Muslim community. These differences can be closely related to some of Hofstede’s (2012) cultural dimensions. Victoria told me about the time that she invited two of her Muslim friends to meet with New Zealand friends in Albert Park for lunch. At 12 o’ clock one of the Muslim friend 's phones went off as a reminder to go pray. However, the Muslim friend…

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