This was originally an assignment given to me for one of my Master’s classes I’m taking right now and there were eight supposed reasons to study intercultural communication. Of the eight we had to pick our top four here you will find mine. In order of least to greatest.
The 4 Benefits
First, for me was the deepening self-awareness and other-awareness. It did not hurt their argument that they used one of my favorite rappers when I used to enjoy secular music. It is good because, “Intercultural knowledge can deepen our awareness of who we are, where we acquired our beliefs and values in the first place, and how we make sense of the world around us.”
Second, was facilitating better multicultural health care communication. As a former cook in a hospital it became apparent that some foods had to be prepared a certain way for a particular patient due to religious beliefs. That was not always the case but there were times it was important to know something more than the standard dietary needs of the patient. Also for instance I can understand the importance of knowing something about different beliefs such as Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in blood transfusions, because it goes against their religious beliefs, even if it could save their life they don’t agree with it.
Third, is engaging in creative multicultural problem solving. Over the last few months I have been interested in starting what is known as a Mastermind group. Where people of similar goals but differing backgrounds get together to help each other solve problems. By having people from differing cultures in the process I can see how more can be achieved. The downside to this is “culturally heterogeneous teams also have more conflicts or communication struggles than homogeneous work teams.”
Lastly, that we can comprehend the role of technology in global communication. It is amazing how quickly things can spread over the world. Take my blog for example, I can write a post and as soon as it is published it can be read anywhere in the world. Just over half a century ago that was unthinkable. Therefore having Internet access makes us no longer just a city, or neighborhood community, but a global one.
Question: Where are you reading this from? And do you think these are valid points for the study of cross cultural communication?