Intercultural Interaction

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" Cultural pluralism might sound constructive but can also denote a minimum of social interaction between people of different ethnic heritages. (Orbe & Harris 2008). Finally, even within an interracial friendship or marriage, assimilation or amalgamation can be detrimental to long-term relationship health. Assimilation or amalgamation mean that the person from the subordinate culture negates the root identity in favor of the dominant culture (Orbe & Harris 2008).

According to a recent MIT study, "People who are involved in community organizations and activities and who socialize with their co-workers are much more likely to have friends of another race than those who do not," ("MIT study: Workplace, community engagement key to interracial friendship" 2007). Moreover, income and social class impact the decision and ability to cultivate interracial friendships or romance. "People of higher incomes and those with more education were more likely to have more friends overall and to be civic "joiners"...these two factors, in turn, made it more likely that their social circles include people of other racial backgrounds" ("MIT study: Workplace, community engagement key to interracial friendship" 2007). Finally, common sense communications can clear up problems that arise in interracial relationships. The solution to communication breakdowns and barriers is to frankly, openly, and honestly discuss prejudices, fears, stereotypes, and other issues that could be swept under the rug.

2) Define popular culture. How can cultural group portrayals in popular culture forms influence intercultural communication?

Popular culture is difficult to define, but always reflects a system of prevailing social norms. Manifest in popular media such as television, music, sports, and film, popular culture infers both a collective aesthetic and a collection of values and beliefs. Popular culture differs from what was once referred to as "high" culture ("Popular Culture" 2000). High culture distinguished and continues to distinguish itself from popular culture by subordinating the latter. However, a tremendous shift in academia has led to the critique of both "high" and "low" culture and a subsequent merging of the two ("Popular Culture" 2000).

Also known as "mass" culture, popular culture can be considered crude even as it shapes politics and policy ("Popular Culture" 2000). According to Chito Childs & Laudone (2004), popular culture is uniquely responsible for the shaping of…[continue]

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