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Communicating with Asia : understanding people and customs

Author: Harry Irwin
Publisher: St. Leonards, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is a guide to cultural literacy for Australians who deal with Asians and vice versa. It is illustrated with examples from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Irwin
ISBN: 1863739483 9781863739481
OCLC Number: 35636016
Description: xii, 185 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The intercultural communication imperative --
What is 'Asia'? --
Asia and Australia --
Australia's multicultural society and workplace --
Culture worlds and the clash or convergence of civilisations --
Language and intercultural communication --
Cultural generalisations and stereotypes --
Theory and practice --
Overview of the book --
2. Understanding intercultural communication --
Communication and intercultural communication --
Cross-cultural or intercultural? --
'Other cultures' or contrasting cultures? --
Intercultural communication competence --
Culture shock --
Cultural difference and its consequences --
Differences in values, attitudes and beliefs --
Differences in ways of thinking, reasoning, laws and rules --
Differences in religious beliefs --
Differences in language --
Cultural sensitivity and intercultural communication --
3. Customs --
The anthropology of manners --
Limitations of the customs and manners approach --
Applications and extensions of the customs and manners approach --
Body language --
Introductions and greetings --
Face and apology --
Negotiating --
Entertaining, eating and drinking etiquette --
Gift giving and receiving --
Humour --
Women, men and relationships --
Expectations and transgressions --
4. Identities --
The anthropology of identity --
Australian identity --
Japanese identity --
Identities in Chinese Asia --
Religion and identity in Buddhist and Islamic Asia --
Identity and popular culture --
5. Achieving cultural literacy --
Asia-Australia cultural literacy --
Negotiating culture --
Language and cultural literacy --
Reading for Asia-Australia cultural literacy --
Shortcourses and cultural briefings --
Other pathways to cultural literacy.
Responsibility: Harry Irwin.

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