What are the major causes of intercultural communication conflict?



a 2 pages (single space 1000 words) paper in which they use assigned materials and an example from popular culture to write about how conflicts arise in intercultural communication and how they can be resolved (or not).

Paper in a nutshell:

Use examples from your chosen video case study or film and two of the articles to support a thesis (opinion, idea) about how people use communication to (attempt to) overcome specific cultural differences. Additionally, you will use an example from pop culture (movies, TV, music, books, the latest fad, etc.) to support your thesis.

Here is the question your paper will answer using the film/articles/example of your choice:

What challenge(s)/conflict(s) do communicators sometimes face when communicating across cultures and what strategies do they use to overcome the challenge?


FIRST, choose ONE video* from the list below to watch and analyze.

Parvaneh (short film) (Amazon Prime)

Home (short film) (dir. Daniel Mulloy –on Kanopy; not avail on Prime)

Too Black to Be French (1-hour documentary; on Kanopy)

Connection to Country (tricky to find; set in Australia)

Good Luck Soup (1-hour documentary) PBS; watch at https://www.amdoc.org/watch/media/927/

The Fits (73-minute feature film) on Kanopy

The Syrian Bride (97 min feature film) on Kanopy

City of God (Netflix / Prime)

Moonlight (Prime)

SECOND: you will choose two articles to use to support your thesis from the following list:

DuPraw, Marcella E. and Marya Axner. “Working on Common Cross-cultural Communication Challenges.” PBS, 1997, http://www.pbs.org/ampu/crosscult.html. Accessed 5 April 2017.

LeBaron, Michelle. “Communication Tools for Understanding Cultural Differences.” Beyond Intractability, The Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado, June 2003, http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/communication_tools. Accessed 10 May 2017.

McKeiver, Kathy. “Identifying Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication.” NACADA: Academic Advising Today, Kansas State University, Dec. 2013, www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Identifying-Barriers-to-Effective-Intercultural-Communication.aspx. Accessed 06 Feb. 2016.

Meyer, Erin. “Looking Another Culture in the Eye.” The New York Times, 13 September 2014, www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/jobs/looking-another-culture-in-the-eye.html?_r=0. Accessed 23 January 2017.

Toegel, Ginka and Barsoux, Jean-Louis. “3 Situations Where Cross-Cultural Communication Breaks Down.” Harvard Business Review, 8 June 2016, https://hbr.org/2016/06/3-situations-where-cross-cultural-communication-breaks-down.

THIRD: You will develop either an example from popular culture to support your thesis statement.

A good paper will accomplish all of the following (although not necessarily in the order listed):

– Provide an introduction with a thesis statement, main idea paragraphs, and a conclusion (simplest structure would be just like your speech outline only this time you transform your outline into an essay)

  • a clear, logical, and organized argument by which you’ll prove your thesis (Identify the two or three ways you will prove [explain] your thesis [opinion, idea])
  • Use examples from the articles to support your thesis (opinion, idea)
  • Use examples from your chosen video / film to support your thesis (opinion, idea)

– Use ONE detailed and substantial popular culture (movies, TV, music, books, the latest fad, etc.) example to support your thesis (opinion, idea)

– Follow MLA guidelines for format and citation. Use appropriate language (grammar, spelling, punctuation). Include a Works Cited list.

Here are some prompts to think about as you brainstorm what to write about:

What are some key challenges that communicators face in intercultural communication situations and what are some specific ways they can resolve them?

What are some specific ways that differences in one’s key cultural values (e.g. low versus high context culture, power distance, individualism versus collectivism) can create problems in intercultural communication situations? How can communicators successfully address these value differences?

How does the way we speak influence how others perceive us and how they communicate with us? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

Do you believe that one’s gender makes a difference in how one is perceived in the world, specifically how one communicates with others and is communicated with by others? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

Reasoning and Analysis – Spring 2020 Brady pg. 3

How does the experience of first-generation immigrants impact their daily experience? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

What impact does socioeconomic status have on how one communicates with others? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

How can differences in co-cultural group membership lead to misperceptions and miscommunication? What are some specific ways that these can be resolved?

Groups to consider: Disability, Deaf culture, religion, hobbies, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age…

Do you believe that one’s appearance (e.g. dreadlocks, headscarf, gender fluidity, tattoos, scars, disability) makes a difference in how one is perceived in the world, specifically how one communicates with others and is communicated with by others? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

What are the major causes of intercultural communication conflict? How can these causes be successfully resolved? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

People who move to and/or do work in a new country should be expected to conform to the cultural values, norms, and traditions of their new country. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your position and provide evidence to support it.

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