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A study examined Japanese-American intercultural communication at the beginning stage from the perspective of Japanese participants. Data were collected in interviews with 50 Japanese visiting students to a large southwestern university for their account of their short-term (5-week) experience in America, which consisted of incidents, events, and observations that were relevant to their communication with United States Americans. Subjects were 34 females and 16 males with an average age of 20, most with 6 or more years of English. Semi-structured one-on-one 30-90 minute interviews were conducted in Japanese by 4 graduate assistants from Japan. Results indicated that seven categories emerged as important variables for this kind of intercultural interaction: preparedness, expectation/anxiety, personality, surprise, difficulties/enjoyment, communication, and "Japaneseness." Findings suggest directions for a grounded Japanese/American intercultural communication theory developed on the basis of evidence from the preliminary data. Possible shapes and forms of the theory await exploration and conceptualization. (Author/CR)

Descriptors: Communication Problems, Communication Research, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Traits, Culture Contact, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, North Americans, Student Experience











Author: Chen, Ling; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10597&id=ED406700







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