Culture And Interpersonal Communication Essay

Cultural Differences and Interpersonal Relationships Essay

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In life we sometimes experience cultural differences. In The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan shows how mother daughter relationships are affected by these cultural differences. Therefore each of the mothers and daughters has a different view on their Chinese culture. Lindo Jong is the mother of Waverly. Lindo believes that her daughter should be the best of the best at something like all the other Chinese girls she knows of. Lindo also believes that Waverly should marry a Chinese man and is in a constant argument with her about marrying an American man. Lindo believes that it is important for Waverly to marry a Chinese man so that her Chinese heritage will not die out. Throughout the book Lindo begins to warm up to the idea of her daughter…show more content…

The constant argument Tan shows about being a child prodigy and her mother’s feelings about American men shows the cultural differences between Chinese and American culture. Suyuan Woo, June’s mother and an immigrant from Kweilin, China, had a very valuable tradition of telling stories of her past life in Kweilin and of her immigration to the United States in order to start a new better life. Another precious tradition of Suyuan was playing an old Chinese betting game called Mahjong. Mahjong was important to her because it was a game she enjoyed playing back when she lived in China before she immigrated to the United States. Suyuan would brag about her skill at the game and have a good time playing Mahjong after dinner when the woman met for the Joy Luck meetings while storytelling and sharing memories of her past life in China. June Woo, Suyuan’s Americanized daughter had a different attitude toward some of her mother’s old traditions. June believed that Mahjong was a silly game, and she couldn’t understand why her mother loved playing it so much. Throughout the book June begins to understand her mother better and the reason of why she had created The Joy Luck Club it was simply in order to keep their Chinese heritage alive. Her attitude begins to change about some of her mother’s traditions such as playing Mahjong; it was simply a way her mother kept

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Culture, gender, personality and communication

COMM 101

Culture, gender, personality and communication Interpersonal communication is a topic that is accepted differently by different people and depends on the contest of the communication. To manage intercultural interaction effectively, speakers need to be aware of the inherent norms of their own speech practices, the ways in which norms vary depending on situational factors and the ways in which speakers from other language backgrounds may have different expectations of language usage and behavior (Duran & Shepherd, 2009, p. 147). Communication in many cases can be misinterpreted due to different cultures,…show more content…

When it comes to gender, there are some different perceptions of the communication. In most cases this perception is dictated by the culture. I have a friend who is born and raised in Slovakia, she is married to a man with a Muslim origin. Both my friend and her husband spend most of their life in US, bot very intelligent and “open” people. At the beginning of their life together they seems to honor each other’s opinion but when it comes to a decision making, the husband is the one that needs to talk and make the decision. In most Muslim countries, the women are not accepted to give their opinion or are not accepted seriously. There is no proven fact that one gender or the other can make better decisions. There is only a small difference between interpersonal communications. The women are more likely to focus on personal feelings, while man can focus on a solution of a particular problem. I had some experience with some of our family friends (man), which will take my husband’s words more seriously than mine even if we are talking about the same problem. Again, I believe this type of understanding comes from cultural believes. Person’s personality can have a huge impact over the communication. Emotions influence our logic. 80% of our decision making is based on emotions, 20% is based on logic (Millis, 2010). I’m emotional person; I understand that my emotions can make me do things that I may regret


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