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Chapters 3 & 4

In chapter 3 we learn about cognitive complexity and knowledge.  This is a huge part of my life.  I often time feel like I am hyper-aware of how I am being perceived.  In chapter 3 we learn that it is just as important to understand how our strengths and weaknesses are perceived as it is to understand those same strengths and weaknesses in the first place.  When I communicate with people who may be from a different culture, I try to pay attention to how my lack of knowledge about them might affect our communication.  Sometimes I feel like I try too hard and the other person might feel like I am patronizing them.  I see this a lot in other people too.  One of my best friends is from Utah and a recently out gay man.  It is interesting to me that when we are hanging out and we meet new people together, almost the instant the new person finds out my friend is gay they try to “casually” work into the conversation someone they know that is gay.  My friend is nice and polite to the individuals, but when we are alone we sort of laugh together at the fact that that person wanted so badly to be perceived as an ally that they try to “gay drop” (a term my friend uses) a friend into the conversation.

 

In Chapter 4 the main thing that I kept thinking about was the lens through which I view the world.  I know that my experiences have shaped the way at which I perceive the things happening around me.  For example, If I had no idea what sporting events where.  If all I had ever seen in my life was hunting, war, and survival, watching a game of rugby would be super confusing.  If I had no concept of recreation, and I happened to see a giant man go sprinting full tilt and tackle another man, I would think that they were in some sort of battle to the death.  Since my lens includes experiences I have had cues such as uniforms, the ball, the pitch on which they were playing, and the crowd tell me that they are there to have fun and compete.  

I was unable to attend class on the day we watched Babakiueria.  I watched it online and thought it was a funny, but telling satire on some of the documentaries I have seen in the past.  It helps me, as a white, middle-class, male understand to some degree what some minorities might feel like.  I have always thought of myself as educated and inclusive, but I know I am naive in many places as well.  It is interesting to look at “my culture” through a different lens.   Many of the things that we think of as “normal” could be completely bizarre to an outsider.

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Babakieuria

Speaking of BBQ, I thought I’d post one one my favorite BBQ treats. Grilled peaches with some cinnamon sugar glaze topped with ice cream. Boy oh boy does that hit the spot! I know most people think MEAT when a bbq is mentioned, and I love my meat just as much as the next man… or woman, but I have a huge sweet tooth so this is my kinda bbq.

Okay now on to the real reason I’m here typing away. The video of Babakieuria was very humorous. I thought it absurd and ridiculous. I think that is was it struck me so hard and pointed out what ethnocentrism looks like from a third party point of view. What was most surprising to me was that minorities hind feelings and their communication is hindered. They say what is expected, but not what they feel. That is not communication, and people are not really understood when the dialog is as good as just a scripted verse, that is only repeated and not felt. Also near the end where the family was taken from their house and sent to the bushes to begin their “walkabout” which to the natives, can be a very sacred and transitional time, but to strangers to the culture, it is suicide. An outsider does not understand the significance, nor the customs to help them come back in one piece. I think that is why ethnocentrism can be so harmful, because people’s feelings and understandings are looked past and forgotten. They are pushed into molds that make them feel awkward and uncomfortable.

This leads to Chapters 3-4 in the book. Thinking as culture with the uncertainty avoidance theory, it makes sense that as humans, we like to have things predictable and have set patterns and formulas to help go about our day to day. As a human, the “trivial”matters of life would consume every second of our day if there was no set pattern. Just going to the grocery store would be a huge headache. but since we have established expectations and routines, it becomes, well, routine. That is a good thing because we now focus on bigger and better things.  I like the phase in the book that said, culture is not a place or thing, but that it is something that is performed. Culture is just how we communicate to each other, and just because we go to Japan or Croatia physically, we do not understand it, because we do not know how to perform the culture yet. Like going to a salsa club, just going doesn’t automatically grant the gift of dance. 

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Post 2

Chapter 3:  The means of intercultural capability was the piece of this part stayed with me. A portion of the means truly influenced me to understand that I have to know everything about the way of life that I am going to experience. Regardless of the possibility that it will be awkward, it is imperative to be as aware as you can. On the off chance that I go to an alternate nation, I will be examining up on the way of life to ensure I am not doing anything discourteous.

Chapter 4:  I took an enthusiasm to the cognitive concept as examined on page 73. The creator talks about how a man’s focal point, a man’s perspective of culture is made from the psyche. What we find in our every day lives impacts our identity, our personality, and our observation. Part four is an awesome case of indicating how complex culture is, and seemingly, is much the same as an ice shelf. Societies may appear like they demonstrate everything now and again, notwithstanding, there is next to no at first glance with what is found in societies Vs. the significance and the reason societies are how they are.

The Babakieuria video:  I observed the Babakieuria video to be very stunning. Have the parts of the races turned around had an immense part on the span of the effect that it made. The video appeared to be so silly and the carelessness of the correspondent was so irritating as it was clear how uncalled for the treatment was and how clearly troubled the family was that she was remaining with, yet this was the point that the makers were endeavoring to make. Realizing that these occasions really happened truly hit a string with me as it made me stop and consider what activities are going on today that I see as being adequate that as a general rule, really are not. When the video said we must choose what they need, I think that sentence is the thing that best depicts the whole mentality of the video. It is just the individual themselves that can conclude that they need and that opportunity should be permitted.

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Post #2

Babakieura

Seeing racial issues from the perspective of the babakiueria was extremely interesting. When you see racism in that blatant of a view it’s kind of shocking. It cool that they were able to show it in a way that relates to the population that normally not marginalized. I wish this type of show was created for the issues that are happening today in the world. It would probably open up everyone’s mind just a bit more.

 

Chapter 3

Something from chapter three that i have been noticing in my everyday life is the section on competence in intercultural communication. This weekend I went at did some service with refugees and I noticed that when interacting with them I felt Consciously Incompetent. I was completely aware that I was wasn’t communicating with them the most effective way. It was hard to learn any one culture because there were some many diverse cultures so close to each other. During this same day I ran into a family from Mexico and I felt Unconsciously Competent. I was very comfortable interacting with them even with their thick accents and difference in culture. This was because I have had so much experience with mexicans throughout my life. This was my real life situations that helped me understand this concept.

 

Chapter 4

My favorite part of chapter 4 was when it talked about proverbs from different cultures. It’s interesting that you are able to see the cultures through the lense of proverbs. As i read through the proverbs listed I can completely agree with and understand the proverb that is listed as American. This just goes to show you that they really do represent a culture. I can think of additional proverbs that I grew up learning and in every situation it teaches me about what is important to my own culture.

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Post 2

 In this post I will be covering chapters 3 and 4 and videos that we watched in class. Both chapters were quite interesting, but Babakieuria was my favorite part. 

Chapter 3 talks a lot about competence in intercultural communication and how there are four different types. An example of one of the types Of competence in intercultural communication would be when I exhibit unconscious competence when around my girlfriend’s family. Her family is black and when I am around them I don’t try to use slang or change the way that I talk when I am with them. I just continue to treat them like they are equals to me. I did not realize this was unconscious competence  but when I am around her family and I see how other people try to treat them differently and try too hard to fit in that is when I realize that I am exhibiting unconscious competence.

Chapter 4 covered culture and how we each all come from a different culture. Here in Utah County there is a very strong culture of everyone being Mormon or assuming that everyone is a Mormon. It goes deeper than just peoples religion, even businesses are not open on SundayBecause of this culture.

Babakieuria was an interesting movie. At first I thought it was fairly outlandish but as I continued to watch I started to realize that these were things that actually occurred to the people of Australia. It was fairly sad to watch the family just go along with everything that the government was telling them to do. Even when their daughter was taken from them they didn’t even bat an eye and just let it happen as if they thought it was for the best. It made me sad because even though these things seem to be far-fetched they are actually things that are happening or have happened to people.

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Chapters 3 and 4!

Chapter 3:

What I found most interesting in chapter three was the unconscious competence.  It absolutely fascinates me how people can be aware of other cultures without having to think about it.  I am continuously having to consciously think  about my environment.  Even when I do, there are times when I don’t do the right action within a culture.  I envy those who can communicate with other cultures without having to think about it.  A perfect example os someone I envy is my dad.  He is from Louisiana.  No matter they type of culture my father encounters he still seems to interact correctly.  Watching him speak to anyone is magnificent.  He can truly walk up to any individual and talk to them no matter what culture they are from.  To me he is the definition of unconscious competence!   

Chapter 4:

The theory I found most enjoyable is distinctive theory.  It interests me how some cultures view certain behaviors as appropriate and others as repulsing.  For example, slurping in the US is disgusting while slurping in certain parts of Asia is considered a thank you to the chef.  Even the many cultures within our country are very different.  Certain families have you take your shoes off before you enter into their home and other families could not care less about that.  I grew up in a family where no shoes were worn inside the house.  Being raised that way I feel that every family has that same rule.  From my experience most families care about no such rule.  This concept has been by far the most intriguing theory I have learned about in this class. 

Video:

What I found most interesting from the video was how it was a complete role reverse.  In the US I feel most civilians view American Americans as being lazy and unwilling to work.  It was nice to see that point of view from a different perspective.  It was nice to see the world in a different light.  I have found myself falling into the trap of stereotypes. Watching this video has helped me to avoid these traps.  It is crucial that we look at each race, culture, and ethnicity as being equal.  That is the key to getting rid of racism and to better understanding different cultures and the diversity that is in every culture.

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Chapters 3 & 4

Chapter 3:

I found chapter 3 to be especially interesting due to the sections on unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence.  I’ve realized that at different times in my life and around different people, I have been in each of these categories.  I have family that is Samoan and since I have grown up with being around them so much, I have learned some of their cultural actions and behaviors and I no longer have to think about those things when I am around them as to behave appropriately.  I am comfortable around the culture and, within my extended family and their own, unique version of the Samoan culture, I would consider myself to be unconsciously competent.  Even within the sphere of my Samoan family, I have met some of their extended family and I have caught myself having to think about how to act or how their actions differ from that of my family.  Aside from that, I am always afraid of offending someone with a different culture from myself, so in my day-to-day interactions, I am more conscious of my actions and my words.

 

Chapter 4:

Coming from Southern California to Utah was a huge change in culture.  Chapter 4 talks a lot about the depth of culture and diversities in different cultures.  Back home, I was always known as the Mormon girl; I even had teachers in high school that would simply refer to me as “Mormon” or as “our Mormon girl”.  Coming to Utah, I instantly lost that title because it is so common to be of the LDS faith.  This chapter helped me to realize and opened my eyes to the fact that even within one country, there is so much diversity and so many different cultures.  Each culture has their own symbols and their own meaning assigned to different words that may have a different meaning in a different culture.

 

I found the Babakieuria video to be quite shocking.  Have the roles of the races reversed had a huge part on the size of the impact that it made.  The video seemed so ridiculous and the obliviousness of the reporter was so maddening as it was obvious how unfair the treatment was and how obviously unhappy the family was that she was staying with, yet this was the point that the producers were trying to make.  Knowing that these events actually happened really struck a cord with me as it caused me to take a step and think about what actions are happening today that I view as being acceptable that in reality, really aren’t.  The sentence, “it’s our job to decide what they want” was uttered in the video, and I think that sentence is what best describes the entire attitude of the video.  It is only the individual themselves that can decide that they want and that freedom needs to be allowed.  

 

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POST 2:

The Babakieuria video was very interesting. I appreciated that the video put white people in the shoes of the aborigine’s people of Australia. It gave me an idea of what it could be like being a minority, and how I could be treated inhumanely as well. One scene that sticks out to me- it is hard to believe that this happened because of the inhumanity- is when they gave people a “challenge” in order to become different. In order to change for the better. What surprised me the most is just the fact that this video was based off an actual event.

Chapter 3

Intercultural communication is not something that you would imagine to be simple, and the author does a great job at showing its complexity in the text. It is important for people to understand the way they view the world, and how their biases may hinder their intercultural communication. A problem I see and hear today is the idea of cultures being better than others. Ethnocentrism, by Sumner, is the “name for this view of things in which one’s own group is the center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated in reference to it,” (pg. 52). I’d argue that this is willful ignorance of a culture, and an elitist mindset attitude towards your culture being the right way to do things.

Chapter 4

I took an interest to the Cognitive Concept as discussed on page 73. The author discusses how a person’s lens, a person’s view of culture is created from the mind. What we see in our daily lives impacts who we are, our identity, and our perception. Chapter four is a great example of showing how complex culture is, and arguably, is just like an ice berg. Cultures may seem like they show everything at times, however, there is very little on the surface with what is seen in cultures Vs. the meaning and the reason cultures are the way they are.

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Chapter 3: I really liked reading about the variables that influence intercultural communication competence.  The variables included: cognitive complexity, ethnocentrism, empathy, interaction involvement, motivation, and positive global attitude.  When my group presents our project in class, we will be focusing on empathy.  Empathy is the “ability to put yourself in someone else’s proverbial shoes and experience the thoughts and emotions from that person’s perspective,” (page 53). 

Chapter 4:  I thought photo 4.1 and the caption was very interesting to read.  The caption says “Do you remember when you were not aware of cultural expectations?  Newborns come into the world without culture.  Yet, even at this young age, gender and class identities are being constructed through a blue bath mat, indoor plumbing and expensive toys.”   

Babakieuria video: I came ten minutes late to class so I had no idea what was going on in the Babakieuria.  I was extremely confused trying to figure out whether this was serious or satire, but once I heard the name “Babkieuria” things began to click for me.  The short film was a take on racial stereotypes between aboriginal Australians and Australians from European descent.  I thought it was very interesting to see the roles reversed. 

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Post 2

There were a lot of interesting things in chapters three, four, and the Babakierua. In this post I am going to some of the points that were surprising to me and some examples.

In chapter three it discusses competence in intercultural communication. There are four different types of them. Unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, and unconscious competence. I was most surprised at how much unconscious competence I demonstrate in the Hispanic/Latino culture as well as the Polynesian culture. I am sure that there are many parts that I am not competent in but for the most part I am competent. An example is when I’m around certain Latino/Hispanic natives, I don’t usually point at things because it is disrespectful, what many people do is they will do a forward motion with their lips or move their head in the direction of whatever it is you are talking about. I naturally do that since I learned more about the culture when I served a mission speaking Spanish and living among Central Americans, South Americans, etc.

Chapter four talked about culture and how everyone has a different culture from everyone else. The part that stuck out to me a lot was realizing the culture in Utah compared other states. When people think of Utah they think of mountains or Mormons. The highly dominant Christian religion in Utah, especially Utah County. It is weird to think about because if you go to Nevada, there are people that don’t even know what Mormon is but here, everyone knows what it is.

Babakieuria was confusing at first. I couldn’t tell if it was something that actually happened or if they were just messing around. Come to find out this didn’t actually happen but it was done for a certain purpose, I think the purpose was to show how the white people in Australia had invaded the Indigenous people of Australia.

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