My View on Cross-cultural Communication in Today's World
Have you seen the latest Hollywood movie "War of the worlds"? Have you visited the Disneyland that is newly opened in Hong Kong? As the world has become smaller day-by-day, the cross-cultural communications are taking place more frequently. However, in spite of the amusements, have you ever considered the gains and loses in this communication?
So today I am going to talk about pros and cons of cross-cultural communication in today's world, and how to overcome the defects and make progress in it.
In my point of view, the cross-cultural communication can be divided into two parts: One plays active role, which I call win-win communication. And the other with the adverse effect, which is known as culture invasion.
In a win-win culture communication, different cultures can learn from others' strong points, as to overcome the shortcomings of one's own. Such mutual interaction offers a platform where all cultures can blossom. Take the communications between China and the West for example. When Chinese Kong fu came into fashion in western countries, the morale of martial art, together with the belief in natural harmony gradually penetrate into the western culture. While in return, some spirit from the west, such as the idea of democracy, has been introduced and developed in China. Both cultures are enriched during communication.
However, there is good possibility that the win-win culture communication turns into culture invasion. Economic expansion is most responsible for this culture invasion. In the competition of world trade, cultures of various countries, working as the package of products, are competing to occupy the market. Undoubtedly strong nations are the winners, and the weak ones are beaten.
Buckling beneath the growing global culture, certain groups rooted to a particular place by history, legend, and language are fast becoming endangered. With each group that is uprooted or assimilated, a culture vanishes. Linguists estimate that every two weeks a language dies, taking with it unique ways of thinking, communicating, and living--and generations of irreplaceable knowledge.
Thus, how to repel culture invasion without holding back the win-win cross-cultural communication?
Firstly, the self-consciousness in native culture is the premise of communication. The features of a nation's culture make his passport in global communication. Compare the cross-cultural communication to a fair, where various cultures are traded....