Category Archives: Asian culture

SAPA 2016 Career Development Workshop

Come join our workshop! Enhancing Cultural Fluency and Becoming a Better Communicator Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Rutgers University, 675 Hoes Lane, West Piscataway, NJ 08854 This session will help students, employees, and managers communicate appropriately and deal effectively with … Continue reading

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Accent Errors of Speakers from South East Asia

South East Asia covers many cultures and many languages. This includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and others. While each are unique, they also share common threads. Speakers of South East Asian languages often share common pronunciation errors when … Continue reading

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How to pronounce the letter L

L Correctly pronouncing /l/ is very difficult for many non-native speakers. /l/ is commonly confused with/r/ or /w/. If you don’t have /l/ in your language, you will have to retrain your muscle memory.  You must focus on proper placement … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Errors for Chinese Speakers

When speaking in a second language, people will use the structures and style of their native language.  This is called first language transfer, or L1 transfer.  L1 transfer can affect one’s pronunciation, grammar, spelling, word choice, and communication style. To … Continue reading

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Conflicting ethics across cultures

Differences in morals and ethics can lead to a great deal of cross cultural conflict.  How a culture applies morals and ethics can be described as either Universalist or Particularist. Particularist or Universalist? Latin, African, and Asian cultures are Particularist. … Continue reading

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Should Physicians Tell Patients the Truth?

Many Western doctors believe it is best to give full disclosure to patients regarding the diagnosis, treatment options and potential outcomes of severe or life threatening illnesses. This is considered the patient’s right to autonomy. While patient autonomy is held … Continue reading

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Understanding Patients Customs and Beliefs

Clinical staff can improve their relationships with patients by understanding the diversity of health care customs and rituals across cultures.  Clinicians should also identify their own cultural filters and biases and how they impact client services. Understanding patients’ and one’s … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible For The Message?

Good communication is a culturally-bound concept. What is appropriate and effective in one culture may not be so in another. However, regardless of culture, all communication carries a message. But who is responsible for making sure that message gets transmitted? … Continue reading

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Conducting Cross Cultural Interviews

An interviewer who makes decisions based only on his own cultural ideas may miss out on talented applicants who may not fit into his framework. Areas for miscommunication in the interview process include: Group v individual orientation American culture focuses … Continue reading

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Hispanics and Asians: 2 Tiers at Work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanics comprise 50% of the foreign-born labor force and Asians make up 22%. Among these workers, 2 tiers exist: Latinos with low education and low skills, and educated professionals from Asia. Although both … Continue reading

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