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Online connectivity for peace? It’s a matter of scale

Online connectivity for peace? It’s a matter of scale | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
The promise of virtual exchanges is in bridging divides to disrupt a cycle of violence and fear, says Shamil Idriss.
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Want to know more about virtual exchange? Have you heard of or participated in the Soliya Connect Program? Read on...
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Avoiding Cross-Cultural Faux Pas: Food: Making the Best Impression

Avoiding Cross-Cultural Faux Pas: Food: Making the Best Impression | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
Avoid common food and dining mistakes by learning about the varied customs and etiquette of other countries.
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You'll know a lot of this already and there are some sweeping generalisations but hey! talking about food interests everyone... doesn't it?
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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.
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I would have said "surprising" rather than shocking, but then I 'm not a journalist. The body language is nicely illustrated in this short article.

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Journal of Intercultural Communication

Is Culture Something We Have or Something We Do? - From Descriptive Essentialist to Dynamic Intercultural Constructivist Communication
The descriptive understanding of culture is essentialist. One assumes that a group of people share values, codes and norms. Culture is according to this understanding something people have. People belong to this or that culture, and once one has learned the cultural codes one may predict how people behave. In the global world this understanding of culture has become more problematic. Cultures are mixed and more or less shared across the globe. Cultures have become hybrids where some elements are shared, others are not. The dynamic understanding of culture is constructivist. Culture is not something people have, but something they construct in specific human encounters where mutual relations and power are part of the context. Meanings are shared, interpreted and created when people do something together i.e. when they communicate.

Keywords: Intercultural communication, descriptive, essentialist, dynamic, constructivist

Via Charles Tiayon
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A free online journal publishing academic articles on intercultural issues. Browse for articles that are relevant for you!

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Imaginations

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Interesting publication: Imaginations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies (with a great name) http://t.co/trcstRRDAC
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Culture, society and images- an interesting publication available online

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face

Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
Business leaders of multinational organizations are often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These differences can cause misunderstandings and awkward situations between people. Especially...
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Looking at the concept of 'Face" or of pride or honour and the opposites which are  loss of face, shame and humiliation. How do we  take these concepts into consideration in our cross-cultural interactions?

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Home | Asia Education Foundation

Home | Asia Education Foundation | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
Asia Education Foundation website - resources for the study of Asia and Asian life. For school leaders, teachers and students. Specific sites for China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. Intercultural understanding and the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia in the Australian Curriculum. Interactive sites, emphasis on Asian-Australian linkages. Asia literacy, cross cultural competence, cultural and inter-cultural competence, NASSLP Grants. Online tutorials, discussion group, product catalogue and lesson plans. Produced by Education Services Australia, Australia, as a program of the Asia Education Foundation.

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Those traveling to Asia May like to investigate some of the excellent resources contained on this site. For example the piece of autobiographical writing called 'Skin' located in the section on India treats the question of dark and light skin color and tanning as perceived by Asians ( Indian, Singaporean) and Australians. Enlightening!

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The tricky business of cross-cultural refereeing - The Conversation

The tricky business of cross-cultural refereeing - The Conversation | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
The World Cup brings together teams, players, fans and also referees from every corner of the globe. The cultural differences that exist between them can be stark, especially for referees.
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The survivor's guide to cross cultural com...: B.Du Mesnil and C.Naschberger at TEDxMinesNantes - YouTube

Beatrice Du Mesnil is the Academic Director of the Master « Management of International Competencies » and the Head of the Cultures & Languages Departement. ...
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This is a basic introduction to the field of intercultural awareness, useful for those who were not present at the intensive 3 day CEI preparation in September. For those who were present you might be interested to refresh your memories about part of the content without listening to all of this talk, so  , so here is a guide:

1) 00- 7:00 minutes: What is culture; the iceberg

2) 7:00- 14:00: Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions

3) 14:00- 20:00 Hall's Cultural Dimensions

4) 20:00- 26:00 Culture Shock and Reverse Culture Shock

5) 26:00- 35:00 What companies are looking for (including how to present your international experience to an employer)

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Diversity Makes You Smarter

Diversity Makes You Smarter | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
We get a bit too lazy and agreeable when we're surrounded by people who look like us. (How diversity makes you smarter: http://t.co/rmb9LnWGWB)

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Being with people unlike you "nudges you out of your comfort zone" and helps you be more creative and smart.

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The 3 Ps of Culture Shock

The 3 Ps of Culture Shock | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
By Juanita Kwarteng For me, culture shock is the closest way to feel like a baby in an adult’s body  because everything is new again. Culture Shock  is a way to describe the process of leaving a fa...
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Here's a short personal take on culture shock with a graph showing the typical U curve of cultural adaptation.

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Indian Headshakes | What do they mean? - YouTube

A lot of people have been confusing themselves about what the great Indian head shakes mean and how to communicate using the same. Here is an earnest attempt...
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This is very funny and entertaining, but also enlightening! Watch any Indian film to confirm that the headshake is used very commonly. 

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Language Shapes Infant Cognition, Even Before They Can Talk

Language Shapes Infant Cognition, Even Before They Can Talk | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
Neuroscience News has recent neuroscience research articles, brain research news, neurology studies and neuroscience resources for neuroscientists, students, and science fans and is always free to join.
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How the languages you speak influence the way you perceive the world...even before you can speak them!
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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism -

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism - | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.
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Racist? Who, me? You'll think again perhaps after reading this. 
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Why are Americans so...? Why are Germans so...?

Why are Americans so...?       Why are Germans so...? | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
"Why do Americans share so much personal information with people they barely know?" "Why are Germans so reserved towards people who are trying to get know them?" When interacting with representativ...
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Are you a peach or a coconut in your friendships with people? And do you notice a difference in the amount of personal information people you meet will share with you  at your new destination? Perhaps you are rather coconutty and they are more peachy? Or the other way around. Listen to a famous interculturalist talk about this very easy to understand and useful idea. 

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What punctuality tells Germans about your character

What punctuality tells Germans about your character | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
What punctuality tells Germans about your character
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Although this article assumes that German culture is one rather than multiple it offers interesting insights into perceptions of punctuality which resonate with me and my urban Australian upbringing.

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Cross-Cultural Business Etiquette

Cross-Cultural Business Etiquette | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
(Updated January 2013)
Want to make a good first impression with your international clients? Should you commence the relationship with a handshake, polite bow, or a simple nod?
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There are a series of useful articles available via this link. In particular I recommend the insights into gift giving in a professional context around the world.

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Aquarium Drunkard » Africa Unbound: A Tale of Cross-Cultural Influence

Aquarium Drunkard » Africa Unbound: A Tale of Cross-Cultural Influence | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
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look at this site if you are interested in finding out about new African music beyond the stereotypes- ' an always fluctuating network of local and foreign influences'.

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Thinking Beyond the Individual in Cross-Cultural Therapy ...

A challenge for Western psychotherapists working cross-culturally has been that individualism is not a universal value. Working with clients from non-individualistic cultures may require questioning the individualistic premises ...
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Western thought is strongly influenced by notions of individual self realization. How much are your own ideas about what you want or expect in your life influenced by these? Where did these ideas come from historically? Can you imagine a different way of thinking?

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Working with the French – feedback from the field | Gestion des Risques Interculturels

Working with the French – feedback from the field | Gestion des Risques Interculturels | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
I was recently invited to be a speaker at Paris Développement, economic development agency financed by Paris City Hall, and a large number of active members.
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A Frenchman looks at his own culture as it may be perceived by people from elsewhere.

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"33 questions pour aborder l’interculturel" de Michel Sauquet | Étudiants et développement

"33 questions pour aborder l’interculturel" de Michel Sauquet | Étudiants et développement | intercultural matters | Scoop.it
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"Comment transformer la différence de l'autre en une opportunité pour enrichir notre engagement solidaire et concevoir nos projets ensemble ? C'est par la connaissance de l'autre, une compréhension partagée, que l'on peut atteindre ce niveau de dialogue malgré les différences culturelles. C'est aussi une démarche d'interrogation, de remise en question de ce que l'on croit voir ou savoir, afin d'être toujours ouvert à l'enrichissement et l'innovation qui naissent dans le partage avec l'autre".

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Countries - Geert Hofstede

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Fill in your destination country and your own country to see a barchart comparison according to Hofstedes 6 dimensions; in addition you can read an analysis of the differences you can expect to notice. This is a good place to begin thinking about, and preparing for entry into another culture.

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How to Integrate in Norway? Tips to foreign students. By Julien S. Bourrelle - YouTube

Short version of my seminar on how to socialize and integrate in Norway. How to adapt and prevent culture clashes? Norwegian social norms, values and traditi...
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There is a lot of very pertinant information here about how people communicate and socialize in Norway

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Cross-Cultural Communication For Americans - YouTube

Americans make up less than five percent of the world's population. This presentation explores cultural habits of Americans and how they differ from the cult...
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Contains interesting authentic interviews with foreign students living in the USA

 

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