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Communicating Across Cultures With People From the United States

With the world’s largest economy (China’s is gaining rapidly, however), by far its largest defense budget, its third largest area (after Russia and Canada), one fifth of its purchasing power, hugely contrasting social trends, and cultural artifacts that reach worldwide (movies, music, literature, products, food, television, etc.), the United States of America is hard to ignore. This entry discusses how to communicate with some of the most misunderstood, loved, and resented people on the planet, the more than 318 million U.S. Americans. It provides a brief overview of some of the demographics and history that are important to understand when communicating with U.S. Americans, a review of core societal values that influence communication patterns, and information about the communication style expectations that are most common ...

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