Intercultural Communication Indentifies in Movie - "Crash" by J. Wolfe


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Language Diversity in Multicultural Setting: "Language is an effective tool to express one's self and it allows you to relate and connect with others." Movie scene: Accident site, female detective sarcastically suggested that woman couldn't see above the steering wheel and verbally highlighted her accent and mispronounciation of the word "blake" instead of brake.
Language & Identity: "Language is a vital function of assiting people contruct and maintain their ethnic identities." Movie scene: Wife replied, "He does not drink because he is Buddist" when they were pulled over for traffic violation.
Perception: "What is Perception?" "Perception is what make sense to you!" Movie scene: The father convinced his scared and worried five years old daughter, the his invisible cloak is real and it does its job of protecting him. And, it will also protect her, too.
Perception & Culture: "Your beliefs become you thoughts, thoughts become your words, word become your actions, actions become your habits, habits become your values, values become your destiny." (Mahatma Gandhi) Movie scene: The frustrated and racist cop with a chronically ill father who believed, that only a "white" supervisor or person was competent enough to help him with his ill father's medical needs.
Beliefs: "Beliefs are one's truth." Movie scene: District Attorney's wife demanding that their locks to be replaced the very next morning, because lock intaller was a gang member who will send others to rob her family.
Exploring Values: "Rules for making choices and for resolving conflicts." Movie scene: The gun shop owner who impatiently and rudely explained the different types of bullets available.
Using Cultural Patterns: "Systematic and repetitive instead of random and irregular." Movie scene: The two young men and their discussion of why they should be scared even though they were not, instead of others being scared because of color of their skin. Also, concluded to steal the car because it was expected of them to steal.
Messages of Action - (Nonverbal Communication): "Message of action is expresses emotion as well as specific information." Movie scene: How the racist cop unprofessionally conducted himself. He physical man-handled and shamefully performed his search on the wife of Buddist film maker. He aggressively communicated that he was in charge and he can do what he wants.
Intentional & Unintentional Messages: "Messages are sent with/out being aware that they have meaning for other people." Movie scene: Attorney's wife, wakes up every morning angry and snap at the housekeeper about dishes in dishwashers. Housekeeper seemed very concern about her job performance.
Communication is Rule Governed" "Rules that tells both parties what is suitable behaviour for specific situation." Movie scene: Back at their house, filmmaker's wife accused him of willingly let the male cop to physically violate her during the unwanted search.
Assessing Context (Formal Setting): "Formal setting is grounded in a strong belief individualism and equally." Movie scene: In studio, when film director insisted that young actor used slang in dialogue, speaks and acts with a real "ghetto" behavior. Without realizing how insulting it was to Buddist filmmaker by asking if actor was taking class.
Assessing Context (Informal Setting): "Informal setting grounded in a strong belief in individualism and equallity." Movie scene: The two young car theifs addressed each other, as they casaully cursed each other out while they converse. Right before they ran the over that man.
Assessing Context (Assertiveness): "Assertiveness is how American present themselves and their ideas; assertiveness demonstrate freedom of culture to make choices." Movie scene: Angry Buddist film maker got out of his car and confront the LAPD Squad that had pulled him over.
Assessing Context (Interpersonal Harmony): "Interpersonal Harmony is appearing as warm, welcoming, inviting and non threatening." Movie scene: Insurance agent that gave shop owner the bad news, that he is liable for the damage to his shop because of the broken door.
Becoming a Competent Intercultural Communicator: "One who has the ability to interact effectively and approperiately with members of another linguistic-cultural background on their terms." Movie scene: D A's wife crying and thanking her housekeepter by giving her a big hug for helping when all of her friends didn't ever care that she fell down the stairs.
Defining Intercultural Communication Competence: "Behavior that is appropriate and effective in a given context" Movie scene: The young male who drove the van back and let all the people go.
Examine Your Own Personal Attitudes: "Fully understand the values, attitudes, perception of your own cultures & your own belief system." Movie scene: The male detective that said, "It was the lack of human touch that drives the people in Los Angeles to crash into one another."
Be Empathic: "We should not judge another person until we have walked two moons in his shoes" Movie scene: The male detective who painfully and graciously accepted his deeply grieved mother's rejection of not bringing his brother home.
Practice Effective Listening: "Silence provides an opportunity to gain insight into your conversations & a clear understanding about the people with whom you are interacting." Movie scene: The Persian shop owner who shot at the guy and his little girl who changed the lock on his broken door.
Develop Communication Flexibilty: "Having the ability to adjust & fashion communication beavior to fit the setting, the other person, & your self. Movie scene: The arrogant male cop who was able to communicate and changed the mind of the hurt female driver (the lady that he physically insulted) by allow him to help her.
Search for Commonalities Between People & Cultures: "We have more similarities than differences, we're all human with exactly the same needs for physical, emotional, mental & spiritual." It brings me right back to the first slide; the entire textbook & movie.