I do not think that English should be by law, the only language that is spoken. When we go on vacation out of the country and nobody speaks English around us, it makes it much harder for you to get around and enjoy yourself. We need to have open arms and be able to help benefit people that come here. I do think if you move here from another country, you should try and learn English to make it more convenient for everyone, but you should not only have to speak that language.
I have been thinking of doing a project with Ella. We talked about helping the kids recognize how beautiful they are and do a self worth project. We would take pictures of the kids and then frame it for them so they can admire themselves. In a tough situation that they are in, that would help benefit them tremendously.
Chapter three discussed all different types of intercultural communication competencies. Discussing different variables that people have, it stated motivation, cognitive complexity, ethnocentrism, empathy, interaction involvement, and attitude towards the other cultures. What I thought was most interesting was that almost every culture and person has the assumed opinion and thoughts on certain types of people that are “different” than you. The three characteristics that were talked about were power, impact on history, and valuing differences. Many people are defined as to how rich they are and that associates with power.
There were two things that stuck out most to me in chapter four. The basic american values and the cultural moments. An example I liked was a video we watched, it was explaining how when they were mimicking americans, they would describe how the hand shake is the main introducing method. They made it sure to say that you have to have an arm lengths away from someone to be sure they get their space.
The video was interesting because of how the white people tried to adjust an impress the black people. They black girl that was staying with them saw them for what they were and tried to speak for them with how they are good people and should see change. She did not get the whole picture though as to what they felt. When she compared leaving her mom for one holiday and the white families daughter being taken from the family is when I realized she did not quite get what the white families were going through.
Getting to know me:
Hi, I am Kaylee Bott. I am a junior at Utah Valley University and I am majoring in Communications and Public Relations. I play softball for the University. This is my first semester here after transferring from Salt Lake Community College. I have one brother and he has autism. He is one of my best friends. I love to travel and do activities outdoors.
Thoughts on Chapters 1&2:
I liked from chapter one the self-awareness imperative. The definition of ethnocentrism stuck out most to me because it states how we see the would from our own perspective and not everyone else’s. We often times see things as someone doing something wrong, but in all reality, we don’t try to see how it could be right.
Chapter two was about cultural mores. We discussed norms, values, beliefs, customers, perception, traditions, relationships, orientation of time, and components of competence. Five areas of common cultural problems are; power distance, individualism vs collectivism, masculinity and femininity value, uncertainty avoidance and long term vs short term orientation. These are all very common problems you see in todays world. I also really like the components of competence because many times you do not realize you offended someone or are naturally refusing to go against your norms. It is good to be aware of that.
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