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Two “old” posts about ethnicity and communication styles

Posted by thuicc on October 6, 2005

Too old (er… two old) posts about ethnicity and communication styles from a previous ICC class. Take a look:

  • Ethnicity and “American” and “Chinese” Communication Styles–in this post I asked my fellow interculturalists from last year “Why do people often equate European American communication styles and American communication styles?” Or, to put it less politely, why do the Americans described in American Ways sound so “white”? And they gave lots of answers… (There’s even some mention regarding the eye contact issue.)
  • Representing American Culture–in this post, I summarized some ideas about why American culture seems to be represented as the same thing as “white” culture, including the idea of “white privilege”…
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3 Responses to “Two “old” posts about ethnicity and communication styles”

  1. Jennifer said

    Americans may get used to communicate, to criticize and to look things in “American ways” or in American standard. They’re used to be superior, which perhaps is defined by other races or gradually formed by themselves. We can’t judege them so severely. The controllable power of economy, politics, and pop culture over the world naturally makes Americans in any ways becoming universal. Everyone looks things from different sides and point of views; of course, Americans also view in their way. That’s why they analyze some things subjectively because they’re used to arrange in this way, and another possibility is resulted by us. Most people admire American culture and therefore, “get used to” accept almost any thought, anything they convey. Thus, they should partly be responsible for their attitude and we should either.

  2. Do you think this is generally true in Taiwan? Do people generally admire (white) American culture and accept (white) American values? Or are people in Taiwan more likely to accept those values if they’re, say, students studying it? (Like FLLD students?) (Or perhaps FLLD students would be less likely to accept those values because they learn more about them?) (Hmmm… lots of questions here….)

  3. josiekuo said

    For a long time, White people have been the dominating power in Western society. They have created so-called “mainstream” to control and oppress other culture, including that of African American and Asian. However, if the African American people would like to express their opinions, they still have to use the language which belongs to the White persons-English. In my opinion, we should be glad that now we can present our ideas to people from other countries through English. Even White people now may still have some obscure concept toward African Americans and Asians, those gaps between different culture needs some time to be overcome. We don’t have to worry about the result because the breakaway of those gaps is inevitable.

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