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Suggested Intercultural Reading and Movie list

Suggested Readings and Films

Suggested Readings
There is no rhyme or reason as to why these books are on the suggested readings list except that former students of intercultural communication classes and I liked them.

Non-Fiction and Academic
Cohen, Raymond. Negotiating Across Cultures. International Communication in an Inderdependent World. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 1997. ISBN: 1878379720.
Importance of Intercultural Communication in diplomacy and international relations.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York, NY: Spiegel and Grau, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8129-9354-7. A letter from a father to his son about racism.
Darton, Robert. The Great Cat Massacre. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1985. ISBN: 0394729277.
An historian looks at French history like an anthropologist to learn something about the human perspective in another time and place.
Hall, Edward T. The Hidden Dimension and The Silent Language. New York, NY: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1990. ISBN: 0385084765.
Classics in inter-cultural communication. The first looks at differences in people’s use of space, and the second examines nonverbal communication.
Hampden-Turner, Charles. The Seven Cultures of Capitalism. New York, NY: Currency/Doubleday, 1993. ISBN: 038542101X.
Business cultures around the world.
Hoffman, Eva. Lost in Translation. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1989. ISBN: 0525246010.
A Jewish woman’s observations of life in Warsaw after World War II, and her move to the U.S. where she must start all over in another language.
Hofstede, Geert. Culture’s Consequences: International Differences in Work-Related Values. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1980. ISBN: 080391444X.
A classic study in the field.
Holm, Bill. Coming Home Crazy. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1990. ISBN: 0915943425.
An American spends a year in China and learns about himself through the eyes of another culture.
Kim, Uichol, et al. Individualism and Collectivism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1994. ISBN: 0803957637.
Essays from a variety of experts from different disciplines and different cultures explore this issue.
Nisbett, Richard. The Geography of Thought. New York, NY: Free Press, 2003. ISBN: 0743255356.
Examines differences in thought processes and recognition of reality in East and West.
Pollock, David, and Ruth Van Reken. Third Culture Kids. Yarmouth, ME; London, UK: Intercultural Press, 2001. ISBN: 1857882954.
The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds.
Rosen, Robert. Global Literacies. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000. ISBN: 0684859025.
Study of the importance of intercultural competency for global business.
Tannen, Deborah. You Just Don’t Understand. New York, NY: Ballantine, 1991. ISBN: 0345372050.
Tannen is a socio-linguist who wrote a book for the layperson on the differences in men’s and women’s communication styles.
– Outcasts United by Warren St. John
– The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
– The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
– Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
– I Stand Corrected by Eden Collinsworth
– The Working Poor by David K. Shipler
– Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele
– The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson
– The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. New York, NY: HarperFlamingo, 1998. ISBN: 0060175400.
The story of an American missionary family in the Belgian Congo in the late 1950s.
Roth, Henry. Call It Sleep. New York, NY: Noonday Press, 1991. ISBN: 0374522928.
A classic work on the immigrant experience written from the perspective of a young Jewish boy who has emigrated to New York.
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 1998. ISBN: 0060977493.
The story of an Indian family in the late twentieth century.
Smith, Anna Deavere. Fires in the Mirror. New York, NY: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1993. ISBN: 0385470142.
Interviews with Black and Jewish residents in the racially polarized Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Crown Heights following riots in August, 1991.
Tan, Amy. The Kitchen God’s Wife. New York, NY: Ivy Books, 1992. ISBN: 080410753X.
Second-generation Chinese women try to understand their mothers’ lives.Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

– We Just Want to Live Here by Amal Rifa’I and Odelia Ainbinder
– Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog
– When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
– Another Country by James Baldwin
– Black Boy by Richard Wright
– The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
– The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
– Typical American by Gish Jen
– The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
– The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
– The Mission Song by John le Carre
– Hillbilly Elegy by Vance
– Wanderlust by Evans
– I Will Always Write Back by Ganda

If you think something else would fit on this reading list let me know and I can add it if it is suitable.

Movie list
The Gods Must Be Crazy
The Good Lie
Ramen Girl
Railway Man
The Kite Runner
Hotel Rwanda
Slumdog Millionaire
Wild China documentary
No Escape
Winter on Fire
The Hundred Foot Journey
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Railway Man
The 33
Life is Beautiful
The Help
The Last Train Home
Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Departures
Queen of Katwe
First They Killed My Father
Meet the Patels