An Intercultural Communication Textbook for Japanese University Students and their Teachers. An in-depth look at the way language and culture affect interaction between Japanese and non-Japanese. While designed as a textbook, useful for anyone interested in Japan or intercultural interaction.
For students, business people or travelers to Japan
This is an easy-to-understand fast-read about some basic differences between the Japanese and Western cultures. While created primarily for use in English-based intercultural communication classes in Japanese universities, it is equally suited for use as a textbook in a Western high school or university or even as basic primer for homestay students, travelers, or business people going to Japan.
Table of Contents:
Chapter Zero - Getting Started
Chapter One - Language and Culture
Chapter Two - Individuals and Groups
Chapter Three - Equality and Hierarchy
Chapter Four - Formal vs. Informal
Chapter Five - Harmony: 和 (Wa)
Chapter Six - Content and Form
Chapter Seven - Communication Patterns
Chapter Eight - School and Education
Chapter Nine - Work
Chapter Ten - Party Time
Chapter Eleven - Marriage and Family
Chapter Twelve - Space and Touching
Chapter Thirteen - National Identity
Chapter Fourteen - Conflict, Resolution, and Responsibility
Chapter Fifteen - Culture Shock
Chapter Sixteen - Conclusion
Social, educational, situational, and value differences are all aspects of the culture the author touches upon. Each chapter starts with a reading and ends with some comprehension and thought-provoking questions, and there is a handy glossary of Japanese-English vocabulary at the back.
The e-book format makes it particularly handy for busy travelers, business people, and students.