Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication.

Intercultural Communication

Read a 2 CURRENT Author (must still be alive) and Write a Book Report

First, you need to choose a country or cultural area that you wish to learn more about.

Second, you need to find writers that are currently writing popular novels in those cultural areas or countries.  Examples are Zhang Ailing, Ba Jin and Qian Zhongsha for China; or Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, and Yoko Ogawa for Japan; or Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, and Paulo Coelho for South America; or Chimanda Ngozi Adichie and Wole Soyinka for Africa; or Elvira Baryakina, Zakhar Prelepin and Sergei Lukyanenko for Russia; or Patrick Suskind, Jo Nesbo, and Jonas Jonasson for Europe; or … you get the picture…

Third, find the novel translated into a language you can read. You can only read 1 novel per individual author.

Fourth, write a report answering the following questions in 3-5 pages.

1. What was the name of the book?  Who was the author?  If applicable, who was the translator?  What company published the book?

2. What motivated you to read THIS book and not another?

3. Give a brief (1 page or less) synopsis of the book.

4. Can you identify two or more theories or concepts that we are learning about or have learned about in our textbook with something that you read?  Briefly describe what you read and the name of the theories or concepts.

5. Would you consider the book to have a happy ending?  Why or why not?  Did it matter to you?

6. Was there something about the story that you just didn’t understand?  Please explain what it was and whether you think that it was culturally based confusion or not.

7. Was there something in the story that you absolutely loved?  Please explain what it was and whether you think that it was culturally based or not?

8. What did you learn about contemporary life in the book that you did not know before?  Why did this fact stand out for you?

9. Would you recommend this book to others?  Why or why not?

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Watch a 2 CURRENT Contemporary Film (must be less than 5 years old) and Write a Review

First, you need to choose a country or cultural area that you wish to learn more about.

Second, you need to find contemporary film sources for that country.  Examples are film festivals, international movie channels, video stores, Netflix, etc.  Please note that the film should take place in another culture, and more than likely have sub-titles.  Remember, it is a contemporary film taking place in a culture other than your own and NOT a documentary or satire about the country made by people outside of the country!

Third, watch the film, and if possible, read the reviews in the media of the country that produced the film.

Fourth, write a report answering the following questions in 3-5 pages.

1. What was the name of the film?  Who produced the film?  Who starred in the leading roles?  Did it win any awards?

2. What motivated you to watch THIS film and not another?

3. Give a brief (1 page or less) synopsis of the film.

4. Can you identify two or more theories or concepts that we are learning about or have learned about in our textbook with something that you saw?  Briefly describe what you saw and the name of the theories or concepts.

5. Would you consider the film to have a happy ending?  Why or why not?  Would this film be popular in your home culture?  Why or why not?

6. Was there something about the film that you just didn’t understand?  Please explain what it was and whether you think that it was culturally based confusion or not.

7. Was there something in the film that you absolutely loved?  Please explain what it was and whether you think that it was culturally based or not?

8. What did you learn about contemporary life in the film that you did not know before?  Why did this fact stand out for you?

9. Would you recommend this film to others?  Why or why not?

 

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