Bridging Japanese / Edition 1

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Overview

In this volume, Gudykunst applies his world-renowned approach to intercultural communication to the specifics of Japanese//North American communication. After laying out the basic theories of intercultural communication, the authors explain the similarities and differences in patterns of communication in Japan and the United States. They then demonstrate how an understanding of these contrasting patterns can help Japanese and North Americans communicate more effectively. By examining issues such as attitudes and stereotypes, ways to deepen the understanding of Japanese behaviour are suggested. Also discussed are the factors that influence motivation, knowledge and skills to increase communication effectiveness.

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Begins a series applying relevant communications theories to specific situations that entail interaction between cultures or ethnic groups. Applies Gudykunst's theory of effective interpersonal and intergroup communication to North Americans dealing with Japanese in business, academic, or social environments, explaining the differences in thinking patterns, the stereotypes and attitudes people carry without knowing it, and other aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

William B. Gudykunst (Ph.D., Minnesota, 1977) is Professor of Speech Communication at the College of Communications, California State University, Fullerton. Bill has written and edited numerous works for SAGE, including the Handbook of Intercultural and International Communication, 2/e, and Bridging Differences: Effective Intergroup Communication, 3/e as well as the best-selling introductory undergraduate texts Building Bridges: Interpersonal Skills for a Changing World (Houghton Mifflin) and Communicating with Strangers: An Approach to Intercultural Communication, 3/e (Mc Graw-Hill). He is extremely well known in the discipline and is one of its most prolific writers/scholars in the areas of intercultural communication and human communication theory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Cultural Similarities and Differences Between the United States and Japan
Language Usage in the United States and Japan
Communication Patterns in the United States and Japan
Expectations for Japanese-North American Communication
Effective Japanese-North American Communication

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