Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHi. It's nice to see you again. We're looking forward to getting to know you better this week as we discuss identities. Specifically, our cultural identities. Hopefully you began to think about this a bit as you heard us each give our cultural stories, and we hope that started you thinking about who you are culturally. To get us started on this process, what first pops into your mind when I ask you who are you? It probably helps you to start to list some of those items down. So please, make that list now of what your important identities are, and then we'll discuss that online.

Exploring “Who am I?”

We begin this week with a brief introduction to cultural identities, how they are revealed in our cultural stories, and ask you to start thinking about what identifies you.

Welcome back for Week 2! Hopefully you began to think about the topic of cultural identity when you heard or read our “our cultural stories” in Week 1. To get started, the next step asks you to share an item or two from your own spontaneous list.

With pen, pencil, keyboard or keypad at hand, get ready to write down all the identity features you think describe who you are. Here you might want to make some comments on why you think focusing on “cultural identity” is important in our multicultural world.

Introducing the identities of our course mentors

While we are discussing “who we are”, we would also like to introduce you to the Mentor team we’ve asked to work with us to respond to some of your comments. Because each is a member of the doctoral student group at the SII with a broad set of intercultural interests, our Mentors are looking forward to learning with you (you might want to check their profiles and “follow” several of them!):

Yi’an WANG (PhD, especially interested in intercultural competence, intercultural education, intercultural adjustment, and intercultural training, teaching and learning).

Alex English (PhD, especially interested in the psychological processes associated with intercultural communication and cross-cultural contact, adaptation crossing cultures and during re-entry, and stress and coping processes in intercultural and intra-cultural contexts).

Vivian SHEN (especially interested is identity negotiation, its formation and expression in literature, migration and acculturation in literary works like Asian American literature, Post-colonial studies and Chinese diaspora studies),

Elisabeth WANG (especially interested in cross-cultural and intercultural conflict management, stress/conflict issues facing international students, and work-oriented values in intercultural contexts).

Mahdi Yousefi (especially interested in the influence of culture on communication, intercultural aspects of international media and mass communication, the philosophic, theoretical, and political roots of/influences on communication, and Islam and communication).

Tony Xingtao SHEN (especially interested in intercultural training, intercultural approaches to foreign language teaching, and international communication and perceptions of Chinese culture).

Shanshan GUO (especially interested in values orientations and cultural identities, especially related to China, and how they are communicated in intercultural contexts).

Amy Min FAN (especially interested in intercultural aspects of international education, teacher training and development, university student and adult learning processes, and intercultural business and economic communication).

Greg DuBois (especially interested in the roots and formation of cultural identity and values, how these are negotiated in intercultural contexts, and also how to prepare people for these types of encounters while overseas).

Doris Chengli ZUO (especially interested in how we develop values, identity, conflict management, intercultural competence, and qualitative approaches to critical intercultural communication).

Bixuan ZHONG (especially interested in comparative literature, British and American literature and culture, film studies, children’s literature, and narratology).

Chunyu YAO (especially interested in the development of intercultural competence, intercultural education, intercultural training, particularly in the Chinese context).

Lujie QIAO (especially interested in intercultural training, intercultural education, intercultural conflict management, intercultural competence and international relations).

Anqi ZHANG (especially interested in British literature, American culture, international relations and literary journalism)

Daiwei YING (especially interested in the influence of identity on communication behaviour, e.g., identity negotiation, identity management, adaptation and acculturation, and their manifestations in literary works like Afro-American literature, black diaspora studies, postcolonial studies, and transnationalism).

Grace LEUNG (especially interested in ethnic identity, comparative literature and intercultural understanding education).

Besides responding directly to you or others, they are updating us on interesting comments or on areas that we Educators can better address. This is a wonderful mutual learning process for all of us as we explore these important intercultural topics.

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Intercultural Communication

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)