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What it means to be a self — and a self communicating and being in a particular culture — are key issues interwoven throughout Min-Sun Kim’s impressive text, Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication. Going beyond cultural descriptions or instructions on adapting to specific cultures, the author interrogates the very core assumptions underlying the study of human communication and challenges longstanding individualistic, Western models on which much intercultural research is based. Kim proposes a non-western way of conceptualizing identity, or the “self” — the cornerstone of cultural research — illuminating how traditional western and non-western views can be blended into a broader, more realistic understanding of cultures and communication. Grounding her work in a thorough knowledge of the literature, she challenges students and researchers alike to reexamine their approach to intercultural study.

Models of Acculturative Communication Competence: Who Bears the Burden of Adaptation?
Models of acculturative communication competence: Who bears the burden of adaptation?

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

— St. Ambrose, Advice to St. Augustine, 387 A.D.

Virtue and vice, happiness and misery, are much more equally distributed to nations than those are permitted to suppose who have never been fromhome, and who believe … that their residence is the center of the world, of light, of privilege, and of enjoyment.

— Delano, Narratives of Voyages, 1817, p. 256

There are two broad domains of interests in intercultural communication: (a) the comparative examination of communicative similarities and differences across cultures and (b) the communicative adaptations made by individuals when they move between cultures. The former, the preeminent ...

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