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.

“Who am I?”

We start by providing a brief introduction to cultural identities and how they might be revealed in our cultural stories. We then invite you to think about who you are. This step prepares you for making an “identity list.”

Welcome back for Week 2, where we’re looking forward to getting to know you better. To do so, the following steps guide us to consider varied types of identities, specifically our cultural identities. Hopefully you began to think about this as you heard us each give what we called “our cultural stories” in Week 1. Those reflections on cultural elements in our own lives hopefully prompted you to think about what is who you are culturally. To get us started on this process, the next step asks you to make a 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. You might want to make some comments on why you think focusing on “cultural identity” is important in our multicultural world.

Introducing our course mentors

While we are discussing identities, to launch this second week we would also like to introduce you to the Mentor team who are working with us Educators to respond to some of your comments. As part of our SISU doctoral student group, each was part of our course testing team. As a dynamic expansion to their coursework, they are enjoying reading your comments and replies, learning with you.

These Mentors include (we encourage to check their profiles) :

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

Xiaoqiu FU (especially interested in intercultural competence development, intercultural training, cultural anthropology and ethnolinguistics, active engagement approaches to foreign language education and culture learning).

Gefei SUO (especially interested in intercultural adaptation, intercultural communication history, intercultural communication textbooks, and new media).

Vivian SHEN (especially interested is identity negotiation, its formation and expression in literature, migration and acculturation in literary works, Chinese diaspora studies),

Aili GUO (especially interested in intercultural management, cultural values, cross-cultural conflict and management styles).

Zhi LIN (especially interested in translation, interpretation, and comparative studies from an intercultural perspective with a specialization on Japanese language and culture.

Xuan WANG (especially interested in cross-cultural management and intercultural conflict management and work values in the intercultural context).

We recommend that you “follow” them! Besides responding directly to you, they are updating us several times each week on your comments or on areas that we can better address. This is a wonderful mutual learning process for all of us as we explore our identities and these important intercultural topics.

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Intercultural Communication

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)