Intercultural Relationships Are Formed Between Individuals From Different Cultures

785 Words Apr 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Intercultural relationships are formed between individuals from different cultures (Martin & Nakayama, 2013, p. 391). Moreover, these relationships entail an array of features such as age, gender, class, religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, or physical ability according to Martin and Nakayama (p.391). In addition, the rewards and opportunities are limitless so long as a balance can be maintained among similarities and differences, explained Martin and Nakayama (p.391). Intercultural relationships can be beneficial so long as the parties involved are willing to participate, remain objective and keep an open mind concerning the cultures of others with respect. Some of the benefits include acquiring knowledge of the world, breaking stereotypes and acquiring new skills as noted by Martin and Nakayama (p.391).
Acquiring knowledge of the world is one of the benefits of intercultural relationships according to Martin and Nakayama (p. 391). In an established intercultural relationship we acquire knowledge of each other’s world so to speak. Intercultural relationships contribute abundantly in learning such as in languages, traditions, arrangements, mannerisms and other features surrounding the cultures in a relationship. For example, I may teach an individual of another culture Spanish. Another instance would be learning what is appropriate upon meeting someone from another culture for the first time. For example, as we learned earlier some cultures are contact while others are…

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