12-U1D2 – Reflect on some of the areas where you feel you are using your own cultural boundaries appropriately and some areas where you would like to make improvements

Reflect on some of the areas where you feel you are using your own cultural boundaries appropriately and some areas where you would like to make improvements. Consider the factors of background and conditioning, communications, personal attitudes, stereotyping, and your willingness to adjust as you interact with people from other cultural contexts.

From this self-reflection, examine some lessons you have learned from your professional life in previous cross-cultural interactions. What did you learn, and how did you learn it? What would you do differently in the future? Include at least two such lessons, and note any areas where you would like suggestions for improvement.

Readings

In the Kivisto text, Multiculturalism in a Global Society, which is part of Global and Diverse Societies, read the following:

  • Introduction, “Multicultural Societies and Globalization,” pages 1–12.
  • Chapter 1, “Ethnic Theory in a Global Age,” pages 13–42.