Japanese Culture and Communication: Critical Cultural Analysis

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University Press of America, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 377 pages
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Japanese Culture and Communication provides a cross-cultural training manual for interacting with the Japanese by considering the conceptual barriers involved, identifying the real differences related to communication and culture, and providing actual cases for developing critical cultural analysis. The author discusses Japan's distinctiveness as a country that appears both 'western' and 'eastern' yet actually developed its own unique tradition. He focuses on the perceptual barriers to effective intercultural relations, Japanese communication style, contrastive rhetoric or discourse between Japanese and English, and images of the Japanese in the mass media. Application exercises are provided, as well as guest articles from several foreign residents of Japan, and Japanese studies specialists.
 

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Contents

Japan in World Perspective
11
Barriers to Crosscultural Understanding
51
Double Standards
53
Misattribution and the Mysterious Oriental Schema
71
Stereotypes Cultural Elitism and Racism
89
Japanese Communication Style
117
Japanese Communication Style Aspects of Language and Society
119
Japanese Communication Style Aspects of Language and Thought
161
Contrastive Rhetoric Between Japanese and English A Functional Analysis
223
Contrastive Rhetoric A Further Inquiry
241
Images of the Japanese in the Mass Media
281
Culture Clashes Between Japanese and North American TV Newscasters
283
An Ultimate Case for Japan Bashing
301
Notes
321
References
347
Index
371

Contrastive Rhetoric Between Japanese and English
191
Rhetorical Issues and Crosscultural Communications
193
About the Author
379
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Ray T. Donahue is Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication and Foreign Studies and Institute for Japanese Studies at Nagoya Gakuin University.

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