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Intercultural Communication Barriers. China and the USA, The Difficulties of a Dialogue

Authors
  • Ilie, Oana-Antonia
Type
Published Article
Journal
International conference KNOWLEDGE-BASED ORGANIZATION
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2019
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
258–263
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/kbo-2019-0091
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

When people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds meet, they have to cope with the positive and the negative aspects of the intercultural exchange. Barriers such as anxiety, language, stereotypes, prejudice, ethnocentrism, and assumption of similarity instead of difference are the most significant ones to consider. This paper aims to discuss the main difficulties that individuals of various cultures and heritages may face during the intercultural communication process. In particular, this paper takes a closer look at the cultural differences between China and the USA, and at some of the current communication difficulties that the two countries face, caused by lack of mutual understanding, ethnocentrism, stereotypes, prejudice, language, differences of nonverbal indices, political and economic causes.

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