Intercultural Communication In The Ramen Girl

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It is undeniable that there are huge cultural differences between Eastern culture and Western culture. This is currently exploited through fascinating and engaging shots of movies. One of the most successful movies associated with the trend is “The Ramen Girl” (2008). The film effectively conveys the sotisphication of cuisine of Japan whose timeless values and traditional culinary have been made a strong impression on people all over the world. It not only has offered people new insight into the art of perfection and sotisphiscation but also precisely reflects many intercultural communication patterns. From my own perspective, in this essay, I would like to analyze the appealing film to clarify several concepts including non-verbal communication,…show more content…
Individualism and collectivism are widely accepted as “cultural syndromes that encompass a number of elements, including values, norms, goals, and behaviors” (H. C. Triandis, 1995, pp. 96). According to Hofstede’s cultural taxonomy (M.V. Lustig,& J. Koester, 2010), it is noteworthy that there is a tendency for collectivistic cultures to be group-oriented; so in-group members are required to follow the in-group’s goals, needs, and views rather than individual’s. One particular scene from 49:19 to 50:11, the conversation between a tactful Japanese young man Toshi and Abby is the best example of this concept. When they are asking about their life goals, dreams and the future plans, Toshi perfectly represents the collectivistic perspective of the Japanese culture by telling his life story. He told although he dreamt of being a musician when he was in college, he finally had to follow his parent’s expectations. Zack Menchel, a critic describes Toshi’s life: “His entire life from work to romance is basically pre-planned for him and fits in with the hard-working Japanese businessman outlook of working one’s way up through a big company, getting married, having children, becoming a grandparent, and then death.” What Toshi does is based on the traditional models that his parents plan without any concern of…show more content…
The vitality of the inspiring film is based on not only the art of sophistication in cooking but also the deep cultural awareness. There is also an array of cultural patterns including non-verbal communication, individualism and collectivism, high- and low-context cultures which all illustrated successfully in this witty culture-specific film. There is no doubt that the captivating film will greatly inspire many generations of culture lovers, especially ones who intensively study intercultural
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