I've been dealing with intercultural communication lately, so I have some questions I couldn't find the answers to.
1. How can the differences between two cultures draw people closer to each other?
2. Could you, please, provide examples and elaborate
3. What could be a good field to explore it in? How?
Well, since I live in Serbia, I've been thinking about the differences between Albanians and Serbs, or Croats and Serbs but, the more I think, the less I know.
I'm aware of the differences that could hinder the communication, but I really can't see how they can improve it.
I'm sure you have some good ideas
Last edited by fighting spirit; 11-Jun-2011 at 12:34.
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Hello, Fighting Spirit:
(1) Well, I have thought of a bad example, and when I say "bad,"
I mean "BAD"!!!
But it might give you an idea of a better example.
(2) Let's say that groups A and B dislike each other. How could their
differences bring them together? (Remember: this is truly a horrible
example!!!) Let's say A loves ice cream, but B hates ice cream. B is
is always yelling to A: "You dirty ice cream lovers!!!" Then a very wise
man in A gets an idea: he goes to B and says, "We love ice cream, but
we need cones. Would you like to manufacture our cones?" Well, B --
like every other group -- is not going to turn down a chance to make
money. So today B not only makes cones for A, but B even encourages
A to eat more and more ice cream.
(3) I know no thing about the former Yugoslavia, but is there something
that could bring the various groups together -- even if it is only
"making ice cream cones" for profit?
(4) Here in the United States, we have a saying: Make lemonade out of
lemons. That is, lemons are sour, so add some water and sugar to make
a delicious drink. OK, so the relations among the various groups of the
former Yugoslavia are "sour." Is there some way to add some "sugar" and
make some "lemonade"?
P.S. Congratulations on your efforts. The former Yugoslavia can become
a wonderful place if all the groups realize the benefits of cooperating
with one another.
Thank you Mr.James for your detailed answer, I appreciate it even I do not understand it very well.
All the best for you.
Last edited by symaa; 11-Jun-2011 at 19:45.
TheParser thank you so much
whenever I have a question, you're always there to answer and give nice, inspiring examples.
When I mentioned the differences with the aim of communicating in a more positive manner, I wasn't refering only to the former Yugoslavia, that was just the first thing on my mind. I can think of many differences among former Yugoslavian countries, but still, I found nothing that could link them in a positive way
Symaa thanks. Yes, cultural differences represent the barriers in communication but, believe it or not, they can also draw people closer to each other. Still, I don't know how
It depends on how people respond to those differences- they can bring people together or drive them apart. I don't think it's a question of the differences themselves. People have to want to accept and understand the differences and respect them- some do, others don't.
Last edited by Tdol; 12-Jun-2011 at 05:05.
Thanks for reply.
I know that, but I still need concrete examles
Despite the best efforts of many well-intentioned people to draw people of different cultures together, most of us appear to feel that our way of life is best. While we are often happy enough to try to bring our 'enlightened' ways to others, we are not very good at really valuing theirs.
Differences are neutral, so I think the question is flawed. Differences don't do anything- people do. People come closer together because they want to (or not) and they have to adapt and learn to do so. I honestly can't see how a difference on its own can bring people together.