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This new edition of Intercultural Interactions presents a fully updated set of training materials which have been developed to form the basis of a variety of cross-cultural orientation programmes. These materials are based on the assumption that there are commonalities, or similar personal experiences, when people live and work in cultures other than their own. More comprehensive in scope than its predecessor, the Second Edition also contains a practical new user's guide, and its expanded coverage draws readers in with more vivid scenarios and examples reflecting changing world events and social milieu.
Chapter 4: Interacting with Hosts
Interacting with Hosts
Very few people can have successful cross-cultural experiences without engaging in extensive interaction with others and developing good interpersonal relationships with them. All definitions of successful cross-cultural adjustment (e.g., Ruben & Kealey, 1979) include such components as good relations with others, an ability to show respect, and a good reputation among others as a culturally sensitive individual. People want to interact with others and to go beyond superficial exchanges of pleasantries in their interpersonal relationships. The loneliness brought on by an absence of close friends is a frequent problem for sojourners. Further, the tasks that sojourners want to accomplish often necessitate the involvement of hosts. Foreign students want to ask hosts about the best courses to take. Technical assistance advisers ...