Essay on History Impacts Intercultural Communication

632 Words Feb 19th, 2011 3 Pages
History Impacts Intercultural Communication

• Why would it be important to examine the role of history in Intercultural Communication?
When we examine the role of history in Intercultural Communication, we gain an understanding of how our past influences our communication skills with people from other cultures. We need to learn and understand why we communicate the way we do. It can be very helpful in improving our relations with other cultures.
Studying the histories of cultures that are different from ours gives us a frame of reference that can lead to better intercultural communication. It is not only important to study the histories of other countries’ cultures but our own American subcultures as well. We need to understand
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National histories are usually recorded in some way so as to preserve them for future generations to learn from. Typically, a nation will only teach its own history to its students and only touch upon the histories of other nations as they pertain to our own.
How is the history of gays and lesbians relevant to intercultural communication?
Whether mainstream society likes to admit it or not, gays and lesbians have their own sub-culture. It is a sub-culture that has existed since the beginning of time but has only recently been recognized as a reality. Homosexuals have a place in the histories of every culture throughout the world.
As stated in a previous paragraph, all histories are important to intercultural communication. When we learn about and understand other cultures we create the ability to communicate more effectively with others. The history of gays and lesbians has a place within every culture so it is just as important to intercultural communication as any other histories are.
How can we negotiate histories in interactions?
When we interact with people from other cultures it is important to understand that there is a history behind how they view us and how we view them. Many cultures within our country, as well as throughout the world, have such different belief systems from ours that if we don’t make a point of learning about the history behind other belief systems…