Through Other People's Eyes: Four Case Studies on Perceptions and Cross-Cultural Experience

Dr. Sandra Lopez-Rocha
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Moving across cultures provides individuals with insights into other cultures and the opportunity to be in close touch with different and similar behaviors, attitudes, styles of communication, value systems, and so forth. At the same time, cross-cultural mobilization raises issues of acculturative stress when people come into contact with another culture. This happens as the result of cultural differences and the internal process of adaptation the individual undergoes when faced with unfamiliar situations in the new environment.

This research project is focused on the experience of four Egyptian visiting Educators. The study comprises the participants' impressions, the identification of cultural differences, the perception of those differences applied to their own culture and experience, and the analysis of the effects of culture shock as part of the process of intercultural adaptation. The core of the research design involves ethnographic interviews with the purpose of observing the American culture through the eyes of the informants. The interview questions aimed at eliciting meanings of events and behaviors that the participants observed and experienced while living in the United States.

Keywords: Cultural Perceptions, Intercultural Communication, Cross-Cultural Adaptation, Culture Shock, Acculturation
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities, Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Through other People's Eyes

Dr. Sandra Lopez-Rocha

Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Bristol, UK

Dr. López-Rocha is a cultural anthropologist, researcher, teacher trainer, and language instructor. Her research has been oriented towards intercultural communication, interactions, and issues of multiculturalism in the language classroom. She has designed intercultural programs for various audiences including American, Egyptian, European, East Asian, and Latin American cultures. Her academic experience includes instructional and curriculum design in the context of intercultural communication, teacher training, and language instruction. Dr. López-Rocha is currently working on her research at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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