Journal Article A 10-step Analysis of Cultural Encounters - a tool to broaden the cultural understanding of Japanese students

Grave, Ewa

This article proposes a 10-step analysis of an encounter with another culture as a tool to guide Japanese students to better awareness or understanding of cultural differences, the first step in the process of becoming a truly international person. The analysis focuses on one specific event, in which students’ expectations of particular behavior or response were not met because their interlocutor was from a different culture. The procedure prevents stereotyping and judgements of what is right or wrong, promotes self-awareness of cultural rules that govern their own behavior and finally instills understanding why people from other cultures do the things the way they do.

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