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Building a Cultural Bridge: A study of intercultural communication between Sweden and China

Guan, Lijuan LU (2010) TKAM01 20101
Division of Ethnology
Abstract
With the increasing interactions between Sweden and China, it is interesting to see how people of these two countries handle their intercultural communication. Based on my internship experiences, where I encountered many cases of intercultural communication between Sweden and China, this thesis presents some contributions to a better understanding of Swedish‐Sino communications.<BR>
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The following questions are discussed: <BR>
• Where do communication misunderstandings come into play?<BR>
• How do individuals get around cultural misunderstandings?<BR>
• What factors facilitate understandings in intercultural contexts between Swedes and Chinese?<BR>
<BR>
Through the analyses of three difference cases, the significance... (More)
With the increasing interactions between Sweden and China, it is interesting to see how people of these two countries handle their intercultural communication. Based on my internship experiences, where I encountered many cases of intercultural communication between Sweden and China, this thesis presents some contributions to a better understanding of Swedish‐Sino communications.<BR>
<BR>
The following questions are discussed: <BR>
• Where do communication misunderstandings come into play?<BR>
• How do individuals get around cultural misunderstandings?<BR>
• What factors facilitate understandings in intercultural contexts between Swedes and Chinese?<BR>
<BR>
Through the analyses of three difference cases, the significance of this thesis shows that:<BR>
• Culture is a process.<BR>
• Cultural differences exist not only between cultures, but also within cultures.<BR>
• Intercultural encounters do not always end up as cultural misunderstandings, while much of the literature on intercultural communication dwells on the issue of difference and misunderstanding.<BR>
<BR>
This thesis argues that intercultural communication needs to nurture a more reflective ethic of difference in which difference is not only recognized and tolerated, but in which recognition and tolerance should be seen as a precondition for the development of new forms of understanding, in the face of difference.<BR>
<BR>
At the end of this thesis, the factors that facilitate understanding in intercultural relations between Swedes and Chinese are discussed. It also emphasizes the important role an intermediary plays in intercultural communication and the reader should gain better, more accurate and in depth understanding of Swedish‐Sino communication.<BR>
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author
Guan, Lijuan LU
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course
TKAM01 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
  Applied Cultural Analysis,  Sweden, Cultural studies, Intercultural Communication,  China, MACA,  Cultural Understanding, Swedish-Sino relations
language
English
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1627722
date added to LUP
2010-07-09 09:46:53
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  abstract     = {With the increasing interactions between Sweden and China, it is interesting to see how  people of these two countries handle their intercultural communication. Based on my  internship experiences, where I encountered many cases of intercultural communication   between Sweden and China, this thesis presents some contributions to a better   understanding of Swedish‐Sino communications.<BR>
<BR>
The following questions are discussed: <BR>   
• Where do communication misunderstandings come into play?<BR>
• How do individuals get around cultural misunderstandings?<BR>
• What factors facilitate understandings in intercultural contexts between Swedes  and Chinese?<BR>
<BR>
Through the analyses of three difference cases, the significance of this thesis shows that:<BR>
• Culture is a process.<BR>
• Cultural differences exist not only between cultures, but also within cultures.<BR>
• Intercultural encounters do not always end up as cultural misunderstandings, while much of the literature on intercultural communication dwells on the issue of   difference and misunderstanding.<BR>
<BR>
This thesis argues that intercultural communication needs to nurture a more reflective   ethic of difference in which difference is not only recognized and tolerated, but in which   recognition and tolerance should be seen as a precondition for the development of new   forms of understanding, in the face of difference.<BR>
<BR>
At the end of this thesis, the factors that facilitate understanding in intercultural   relations between Swedes and Chinese are discussed. It also emphasizes the important   role an intermediary plays in intercultural communication and the reader should gain better, more accurate and in depth understanding of Swedish‐Sino communication.<BR>
<BR>},
  author       = {Guan, Lijuan},
  keyword      = { 
Applied Cultural Analysis, Sweden,Cultural studies,Intercultural Communication, China,MACA, Cultural Understanding,Swedish-Sino relations},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Building a Cultural Bridge: A study of intercultural communication between Sweden and China},
  year         = {2010},
}