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This book examines Asian American ethnicity and communication, looking at: immigration patterns, ethnic institutions, family patterns, and ethnic and cultural identities. William Gudykunst focuses on how communication is similar and different among Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, and Vietnamese Americans. Where applicable, similarities and differences in communication between Asian Americans and European Americans are also examined. Gudykunst concludes with a discussion of the role of communication in Asian immigrants' acculturation to the United States.

Cultural Characteristics of Asian Cultures
Cultural characteristics of Asian cultures

It is not possible to understand Asian American communication without understanding the cultural characteristics of the cultures to which Asian Americans trace their heritages. Unless Asian Americans are assimilated totally in the mainstream U.S. culture (e.g., give up their Asian values and behaviors and totally adopt the values and behaviors of the mainstream U.S. culture, which is almost impossible), the cultures to which they trace their heritages influence their communication in some way.

One way that we could examine the cultural characteristics of Asian cultures is to isolate the characteristics of each culture independent of the others. In so doing, however, we would ignore the cultural characteristics that Asian cultures share in common. Communication is unique within ...

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