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 (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).

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)