Intercultural Communication

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Intercultural Communication
August 21, 2013
The example of poor intercultural communication between the United States of America and Mexico is how the communication significantly affected foreign policy and international commerce between the two countries. Mexico is a country of intercultural significance and neighbors the United States of America. The United States of America is traditional and within the country, many cultures exist. The work ethic and language, within intercultural communication in Mexico and the United States of America, are similar.
The population of the United States exceeds 313 million people and this statistic results in America as the third largest country in the world. The diverse population of the United
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In Mexico, religion influences the cultural attitudes (Berry & Maciel, 2000) with the view “as God wills.” “The American culture has also crept in to some extent, so have the religious influences” (Knight, 2010). Values in both countries are differing in the tradition. On average, an American values family second to work, education within certain specializations, and patriotism as the American way is the only way, and appearance to be less important than efficiency. In Mexico, the Mexican culture view family first above all, education with a rigid curriculum, nationalism with long history and traditions, and dress or grooming as symbols of status. Most Americans voice their opinions not holding back and enjoy a good sense of humor. The greeting is traditionally a hand shake, and a spoken, hello. Mexicans also enjoy hilarity or a good sense of humor, but most of all, value companionship, respect, and integrity (Berry & Maciel, 2000). In Mexico, men and women will generally greet close friends with a kiss on the cheek.
Verbal and non-verbal communication occasionally differs between the two countries. Americans engrossed in conversation typically stand about two feet away from one another (Chen & Sarsosta, 2000). Non-verbal communication of placing a hand on