Cultural Communication: Cambodian Americans
This paper discusses the disparities in Cambodian and American culture and the consequential difficulty Cambodian immigrants face in adapting to an American way of life.
# 116636 | 1,450 words | 9 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on Oct 15, 2009 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Ethnic Studies (Asia) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)
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This paper examines the differences in Cambodian and American culture from a sociological perspective as divided into five cultural dimensions and demonstrate examples from each one. Such examples include Cambodians' value of collectivism over independence or their more authoritarian perception of masculinity. This paper also explores the vast differences in the English and Khmeri language as well as how facial expressions, body posture, and hand signals are interpreted differently in the two cultures.
From the Paper:"Collectivism is a crucial non-verbal communication, which is faithful both to Hofstedete and to Bond's update of Hofstedete. Collectivism is perhaps the most significant form of non-verbal communication for Cambodians, and is directly related to custom and etiquette, and directly determines how Cambodians will interpret each other's behavior. There was a stark contrast in etiquette when Arun and Chakra reached this country, and they had to integrate what were highly symbolic gestures in Cambodia to seemingly unnoticed or meaningless random physical and cultural gestures in America--not cultural gestures at all, in effect."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Bond: Confucian Cultural Patterns." 2007: http://www.andrews.edu/~tidwell/bsad450/Bond.html
- "Cambodia Language Culture Etiquette." 2007: http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/cambodia.html
- "Cambodian culture." 2007: http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/SoutheastAsia/outreach/resources/CambodiaWebUnit/culture.html
- "Hofstedete's Cultural Dimensions." 2007: http://www.clearlycultural.com/geert-hofstede-cultural-dimensions/
- "Individualism." 2007: http://www.clearlycultural.com/geert-hofstede-cultural-dimensions/individualism/
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