Post 4

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we can speak.” Epictetus

I have thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the concepts I’ve learned thus far in class. There have been several that have stuck out to me. 

The first concept that has stood out to me is the conversation we had in class about how the world has categorized the different races. We watched a clip in class where several black girls spoke on their experiences of being that color. It was disheartening to me to hear them discuss the difficulties that they experienced. Before this discussion, I knew that racism is still unfortunately an issue that is experienced today, but I never considered it to be a prevalent one. Having this discussion caused me to reflect on how it still is an issue. I appreciated the fact that it was stated that we need to talk about this, otherwise it will never get resolved. I have too often tried to avoid talking about it, but it is an issue that needs to be discussed in order for it to be resolved. 

Secondly, I enjoyed the conversation we had in class about how our identity can be tied to a place. Before coming to UVU I attended Snow College. I had a great experience there, and made some important discoveries regarding my personal identity. I have often associated myself with that place, because of how it impacted me. I feel that many individuals will identify themselves with a place. Take those that are in the workforce for example. They will often associate themselves with that place because of the value they have there. 

Adonica Limon touched on some extremely valuable points in her movie. The point that stood out to me was how she mentioned that we can all become successful in life despite our outcomes. It doesn’t matter where we came from, but it matters where we’re going to go. We can’t control the hand of cards that have placed  on us, but we can control the outcome of those cards.

Post 3

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ” -Rudyard Kipling

The question of whether English only laws should be enforced brings many associated controversial arguments. I will elaborate on this question using my own personal insights and experiences, as well as update on my service learning project.

I personally don’t believe that English only laws should be enforced, because various languages brings a unique sense of cultural identity associated to it. I feel that it would personally add to the cultural value to the members who speak that language. It gives them a sense of pride. Another reason I feel that English only laws shouldn’t be enforced is because it would have a negative impact on global relationships. If various cultures felt that they couldn’t have their language associated with them it would cause a feeling distrust, which would in turn have an impact on imported and exported goods. If I personally were in a different country apart from the United States and I knew that there were going to be English only laws I would feel less willing to be of any type of service to the United States if the situation ever presented itself.

I am currently in the process of setting up my hours for my service learning. I have contacted the company that it is associated with to coordinate my schedule with theirs so I can go through their orientation. Mondays and Saturdays will be my best days to accomplish the necessary hours to complete the assignment.

Post 2

“To effectively communicate we must realize that we are different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” Tony Robbins

Chapters three, four, and the Babakierua each had interesting points brought up relating to communication. In this post I will explain the concepts that I found interesting using my own personal insight and experiences. 

In chapter three the concept of ethnocentrism is explained as one of the variables of competence. Due to individuals being raised in a certain culture it’s not easy for them to move past their biases when viewing another culture. The reason it is difficult is because we view others from our own perspective with that belief that our culture is superior. I think of the movie, “Outsourced” that we watched in class. The main character, Todd Anderson comes to an Indian culture where he  believes based on his culture that his is superior to theirs. He attempts to train the employees of a call center in the way that he was trained. This limits his ability to connect with those he is training due to his ignorance to their culture. Asha eventually states that he needs to learn about their culture.  It is a disservice to not learn about different cultures, especially when an individual may be integrated into a new one. Stereotypes can be incorrect and cause a limit to cultural growth. 

Basic American values are expressed in chapter four. One of the values which I will elaborate on is that an individual’s success in life depends depends upon acceptance among peers. This wasn’t something that I found surprising, but it is still a value that has significant meaning. A couple of summers ago I sold pest control in Georgia. On a daily basis I would speak with individuals in an attempt to gauge their interest in the services I was advertising. I had an unfortunate experience where a neighborhood had reported to the police that my friends and I were soliciting without permits, which was not the case. We were kicked out of the neighborhood by police escorts because of this. I felt alienated and this impacted my confidence I had in my ability to relate to others. This experience relates to the value stated above. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the third need from the bottom is belonging and love needs. These can’t be accomplished without the ability to effectively relate to others. 

Babakiueria had many interest points involved with it. It was effective in portraying many cultural topics relating to our discussions in class. One of the surprising factors that I found surprising in the film was the inherent compromising behavior the parents demonstrated. They seemed content to allow the government dictate their lives. I feel that relates to the views Americans in our society may have. They may have disagreements with the government and how they operate, but individuals within our society don’t attempt to do anything about it. I unfortunately relate to this. During the election between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton I was content and didn’t take the time to examine their viewpoints. Because of this I decided to take the initiative in exploring myself the values each candidate expressed. I felt like I had more of a role in the American society when I did this. 

In conclusion, ethnocentrism can have a negative impact on how an individual may view other cultures, as a basic American value success depends upon acceptance among peers, and it isn’t enough to just be content within a society. 

 

Post 1

“It’s different cultures that make the world go ’round at the end of the day.” This is a quote by Samantha Fox. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences related to intercultural communication. 

I am currently a student at Utah Valley University studying speech communication. I am president of the National Communication Association for Students. I enjoy music, theater, and sports. I enjoy being involved in activities with my friends and family. 

Chapters one and two contained many points that I found applicable to intercultural communication. I will elaborate on a few of them by relating to them with my own personal insights and experiences. In chapter one we learned more about ethnocentrism, which is the belief that an individual’s culture is superior to another’s. I currently work as a customer service representative at a company called Sykes, which takes calls for Capital one. I have the privilege to speak to various individuals that come from extensively diverse cultural backgrounds. There are individuals that I speak to that have accents due to their cultural background and it can be difficult to understand them. Due to my frustration in not being able to understand them there have been times where I’ve thought that they should learn English because it is the superior language. This relates to ethnocentrism because of how I viewed my culture as superior to those customers that I spoke to on the phone that I had a difficult time understanding. I found this to be an interesting experience in how ethnocentrism plays a role in how we view the world around us.

Time is money is a universal quote that relates to my next point from chapter two. Time orientation is a factor that varies in different cultures. The U.S. culture is generally future oriented. Individuals are constantly seeking to improve the future by setting goals and planning ahead. New Year goals are a common aspect of the U.S. culture which explains how individuals seek to make tomorrow better. European and Asian cultures place emphasis on the past for time orientation.  For example, an individual in this society if seeking to make amends with another individual will take into account the previous actions of the individual.

In summary, ethnocentrism and time orientation are valuable aspects of intercultural communication that impact various cultures. I hope that this blog was informative of these points and that I was able to demonstrate my knowledge effectively.