Intercultural/International Communication

 

Intercultural Communication

 

This area of study focuses on the communication processes that occur when individuals of differing cultural backgrounds (including ethnic and racial) come into direct contact with one another. Research in this area addresses communication-related issues pertaining to a variety of social contexts, from interpersonal and small group contexts to those of multicultural organizations and local communities. Also integral to this area are "cultural communication" studies examining unique communication practices within a specific culture, as well as "cross-cultural communication" studies comparing communication patterns in two or more cultures.
 
 International Communication 
 
 This area focuses on the critical examination of media and culture in international contexts. Using different methodological approaches that include ethnography, phenomenology and hermeneutics, textual/discourse/critical analysis, and quantitative methods, it explores how cultural understandings intersect with media processes, products, and audiences. This research sheds light on how media and cultures shape social fabrics, from local specificities to globalized networks. It explores culture and media processes as contested zones traversed by ethnic, class, and gender struggles for social change.

 

Courses in Intercultural and International Communication: 
 

Comm 5243 Cross-Cultural Communication
 Comm 6323 International Communication
 Comm 6413 Interethnic Communication
 Comm 6433 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
 Comm 6023 Communication Research Task Groups
 Comm 6960 Directed Readings

Current Faculty with Research and/or Teaching Interest:

Young Kim
Eric Kramer
Clemencia Rodríguez
Elaine Hsieh
Elena Bessarabova
Ioana Cionea
Sunny Lee

  

Recent Dissertations in Intercultural and International Communication:

Van Gilder, B. (2016). (De)centering heteronormativity in the U.S. military: Identity (re)negotiation and cultural change following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Mosley, S. (2015). Transversing our borders: Decolonizing Communication theory.

Vincent, Cindy. (2014). Can you spare some (social) change? Participatory media as catalyst for change in poor and homeless communities.

Kim, Tae-Sik. (2012). Globalization, new technologies, and intercultural flexibility: Communication and culture of Korean adolescents in the United States.

Hallford, Gene (2011). DWI: Drinking while Indian. The impact of culture and context on American Indian drinking behavior.

Shamas, Kristin (2011) Lebanese subjectivities and media use: Post/global contexts.

Ju, HyeJung (2010). Globalization of the Korean popular culture in East Asia: Theorizing the Korean wave. (UMI No. ATT 3444453).


 
 

Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Students Publications in Intercultural and International Communication:

Bessarabova, E. (2014). In-group favoritism and deception: A comparison of Russian and American cultures. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.09.001

Bohórquez Farfán, l., Quijano Triana, M., & Rodríguez, C. (2015) Lucho Arango. El Defensor de la Pesca Artesanal. Bucaramanga: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Seccional Bucaramanga – Bogotá: Centro de Memoria Histórica.

Cionea, I. A., Hoelscher, C. S., & Iles, I. A. (2016). Arguing goals: An initial assessment of a new measurement instrument. Communication Reports. (Advanced online publication). doi:10.1080/08934215.2016.1184695

Cionea, I. A., Hopârtean, A.-M., Hoelscher, C. S., Iles, I. A., & Straub, S. K. (in press). A content analysis of arguing behaviors: A case study of Romania as compared to the United States. Argumentation and Advocacy.

Cionea, I. A., Johnson, A. J., Bruscella, J., & Van Gilder, B. (in press). Taking conflict personally and the use of the demand/withdraw pattern in intraethnic serial arguments. Argumentation and Advocacy (Special Issue on Serial Arguments).

Cionea, I. A., Hample, D., & Paglieri, F. (2011). A test of the argument engagement model in Romania. In F. Zenker (Ed.), Argumentation: Cognition and Community: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA).May 18-21. Windsor, ON. [CD-ROM], pp. 1-15.

Croucher, S., & Kramer, E. (In Press, 2017). Cultural fusion theory: An alternative to acculturation. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2016.1229498

Hample, D., & Cionea, I. A. (2012). Serial arguments in inter-ethnic relationships. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, 430-445.

Hsieh, E. & Nicodemus, B. (in press). Conceptualizing emotion in healthcare interpreting: A normative approach to interpreters’ emotion work. Patient Education and Counseling.

Hsieh, E. (in press). The Model of Bilingual Health Communication: Theorizing interpreter-mediated medical encounters. In E. A. Jacobs & L. C. Diamond (Eds.), Providing health care in the context of language barriers: International perspectives. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Hsieh, E. & Terui, S. (2015). Inherent tensions and challenges of provider-patient communication: Implications for interpreter training in health care settings. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43, 141-162.

Hsieh, E. (2015). Healthcare interpreting. In F. Pöchhacker (Ed.), Routledge encyclopedia of interpreting studies (pp.177-182), New York, NY: Routledge.

Hsieh, E. (2015). Interpreting in institutions. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie, & T. L. Sandel (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of language and social interaction. New York, NY: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi004

Hsieh, E. (2014). Emerging trends and the corresponding challenges in bilingual health communication. In B. Nicodemus & M. Metzger (Eds.), Investigations in healthcare interpreting (pp.70-103). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Hsieh, E. (2013). Health literacy and patient empowerment: The role of medical interpreters in bilingual health care. In M. Dutta & G. Kreps (Eds.), Reducing health disparities: Communication intervention (pp. 35-58). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Hsieh, E., & Kramer, E. M. (2012). Medical interpreters as tools: Dangers and challenges in the utilitarian approaches to interpreters’ roles and functions. Patient Education and Counseling, 89, 158-162.

Hsieh, E., & Kramer, E. (2013). 「病人自主權」與「病患授權」在醫療口譯實務應用與理論探討 [Patient Autonomy and Patient Empowerment in Interpreter-Mediated Medical Encounters ]. Proceedings of the Fourth Cross-straits Symposium on Translation and Intercultural Communication (pp. 266-288). Shanghai, China: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.

Hsieh, E., & Kramer, E. M. (2012). The clashes of expert and layman talk: Constructing meanings of interpreter-mediated medical encounters. In C. Callahan (Ed.), Communication, comparative cultures and civilizations (Vol. 2; pp. 19-44). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Karuga, G. & Hsieh, E. (2014). Diversities. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (pp. 391-393). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (2015). Achieving synchrony: A foundational dimension of intercultural communication competence. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. Published online before print (March 13, 2015) doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.03.016

Kim, Y. (2015). Finding a “home” beyond culture: The emergence of intercultural personhood in the globalizing world. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 46, 3-12.
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Kim, Y. (2015). Acculturation processes and communication. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), The Concise encyclopedia of communication (pp. 2-3). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kim, Y. (2015). Integrative communication theory. In J. Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of intercultural competence (pp. 439-441). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (2015). Theory of acculturation. In J. Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of intercultural competence (pp. 792-797). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (2014). Beyond cultural differences: An integration of Eastern and Western perspectives. In M. Hinner (Ed.), Freiberger Beitraege, Volume 8:Chinese culture in a cross-cultural comparison (pp. 121-137). New York: Peter Lang.

Kim, Y. (2014). Interpersonal communication in intercultural encounters. C. R. Berger (Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 6. Interpersonal communication (pp. 517-540). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Kim, Y. (2014). Beyond cultural differences: An integration of Eastern and Western perspectives. In M. Hinner (Ed.), Freiberger Beitraege, Volume 8: Chinese culture in a cross-cultural comparison (pp. 121-137). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Kim, Y. (2014). Interpersonal communication in intercultural contexts. In P. J. Schultz & P. Cobley (Series Eds.) & C. R. Berger (Vol. Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 6. Interpersonal communication. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton

Kim, Y. (2013). The identity factor in intercultural conflict. In J. Oetzel & S. Ting-Toomey (Eds.), The handbook of conflict communication: Integrating theory, research, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 639-660). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kim, Y. (2012). Being in concert: An explication of synchrony in intercultural communication. In T. J. Socha & M. Pitts (Eds.), The positive side of interpersonal communication (pp. 39-56). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Kim, Y. (2011). Beyond categories: Communication, adaptation, and transformation. In J. Jackson (Ed.), Handbook of language and intercultural communication (pp. 229-243). New York, NY: Routledge.

Kim, Y., & McKay-Semmler, K. (2013). Social engagement and cross-cultural adaptation: An examination of direct- and mediated interpersonal communication activities of educated non-natives in the United States. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37(1), 99-112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2012.04.015

Kong, H. & Hsieh, E. (2012). The social meanings of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Elderly Chinese immigrants' health practice in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14, 841-849.

Kramer, E., & Liu, Y. (2015). Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization. Beijing: Tsing Hua University Press

Kramer, E. M. (in press). Innovative communication needs versus the ideology of conformity. In M. Iwakuma (Ed.), The adjustment process for people with disability in Japan: A communication dilemma. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.

Kramer, E., Adkins, G., Kim, S-H., Miller, G. (2014). Environmental communication and the extinction vortex: Technology as denial of death. New York, NY: Hampton

Kramer, E. M. (in press). Understanding immigrant identity, Arbor: A European Union Journal of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

Kramer, E. M. (in press). Innovative communication needs versus the ideology of conformity. In M. Iwakuma (Ed.), The adjustment process for people with disability in Japan: A communication dilemma. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.

Kramer, E. M. (2013). Dimensional accrual and dissociation: An introduction. In J. Grace & E. M. Kramer (Eds.), Communication, comparative cultures, and civilizations (Vol. 3, pp. 123-184). New York, NY: Hampton.

Kramer, E. M. (2012). Science. In O. Patterson & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Cultural sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An encyclopedia; Vol 3: Cultural sociology of East and Southeast Asia (pp. 177-181). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kramer, E. M. (2012). Addressing the grand omission: A brief explanation of the pragmatics of intercultural communication in terms of spiritual systems – A taxonomic approach. In S. M. Croucher & T. M. Harris (Eds.), Religion and communication: An anthology of extensions in theory, research, and method (pp. 189-221). New York, NY: Peter Lang

Kramer, E. M. (2011). Preface. In S. Croucher & D. Cronn-Mills, D. (Eds.), Religious misperceptions: The case of Muslims and Christians in France and Britain (pp. vii-xxxii). New York, NY: Hampton Press.

Kramer, E. M., Callahan, C., & Zuckerman, S. D. (2013). Intercultural communication & global integration. New York,NY: Kendall Hunt.

Kramer, E. M. & Hsieh, E. (2012). Anti-culture and aging. In S. L. Arxer, & J. W. Murphy (Eds.), The symbolism of globalization, development, and aging (pp. 135-156). New York, NY: Springer.

Lee, S. (2014). A study on the impact of social capital embedded in ethnic religious communication networks on Korean immigrant’s intercultural development. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 43, Part B, 289-303. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.10.001

Liu, M., Zhu, L., & Cionea, I. A. (2016). What makes some intercultural negotiations more difficult than others? Power distance and culture-role combinations. Communication Research (Advanced online publication). doi:10.1177/00936502 1663109

McKay-Semmler, K., Semmler, S., & Kim, Y. (2014). Local news media cultivation of host receptivity in Plainstown. Human Communication Research, 40(2), 188-208.

McKay-Semmler, K., & Kim, Y. (2014). Cross-cultural adaptation of Hispanic youth: A study of communication patterns, functional fitness, and psychological health. Communication Monograph, 40(2), 133-156.

Park, H. S., Levine, T. R., Weber, R., Lee, H., Figari, L. T., Botero, I. C., Bessarabova, E., Guan, X., Shearman, S., & Wilson, M. S. (2012). Individual and cultural variations in direct communication style. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, 179-187.

Pérez Quintero C., Ramírez, C., & Rodríguez, C. (2015). “Cameras and stories to dis-arm wars: Performative communication in alternative media.” In C. Atton (Ed.), Alternative media companion (pp. 123 – 133). London: Routledge.

Pitaloka, D. & Hsieh, E. (2015). Health as submission and social responsibilities: Embodied experiences of Javanese women with type II diabetes. Qualitative Health Research, 25, 1155-1165.

Pitaloka, D. & Hsieh, E. (2014). Isolated communities and cultural competence. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (pp. 747-749). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rincón, O. & Rodríguez, C. (2015) How can we tell the story of the Colombian War?: Bastardized narratives and citizen celebrities, Popular communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 13 (2), 170-182.

Rodríguez, C. (2015). “Community media as performers of peace.” In J. Hoffman & V. Hawkins (Eds.), Communication for peace: Charting an emerging field (pp. 289 – 302). New York: Routledge.

Rodríguez, C. (2014). “A Latin American approach to citizen journalism.” In S. Allan & E. Thorsen (Eds.), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume Two (pp. 199 – 209). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Rodríguez, C., & Miralles, A. M. (2014). “Citizens’ media, public journalism and citizens’ journalism: Shifting public spheres from elites to citizens.” In K. Wilkins, T. Tufte, & R. Obregón (Eds.), The Handbook of development communication and social change (pp. 393 – 410). London: Sage (IAMCR Series).

Rodríguez, C., Ferron, B., & Shamas, Kristin. (2014). Four challenges in the field of alternative, radical and citizens’ media research. Media, Culture and Society, 36(2), 150-166.

Rodríguez, C., & Quijano, M. (2014). Cinco experiencias de comunicación alternativa o para el desarrollo. Revista Mediaciones, 12, 77 – 87.

Rodríguez, C. (2014). A Latin American approach to citizen journalism. In S. Allan & E. Thorsen (Eds.), Citizen journalism: Global perspectives (Vol.2, pp.199 – 209). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Rodríguez, C., & Miralles, A. M. (2014). Citizens’ media, public journalism and citizens’ journalism: Shifting public spheres from elites to citizens. In K. Wilkins, T. Tufte, & R. Obregón (Eds.), The handbook of development communication and social change (pp. 393-410). London: Sage (IAMCR Series).

Rodríguez, C. (2013). Comunicación Ciudadana en Montes de María, Colombia. Revista Luciérnaga, Año 5, N9. Grupo de Investigación en Comunicación, Facultad de Comunicación Audiovisual, Politécnico Colombiano Jaime Isaza Cadavid. Medellín- Colombia, 22-38.

Rodríguez, C. (2011). “Trayectoria de un Recorrido: Comunicación y Cambio Social en América Latina.” In Pereira, José Miguel and Cadavid, Amparo (Eds.) Comunicación, Desarrollo y Cambio Social. Interrelaciones entre Comunicación, Movimientos Ciudadanos y Medios, pp. 37 – 56. Bogotá: Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Rodríguez, C. (2011) Citizens’ media against armed conflict. Disrupting violence in Colombia. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

 Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (2014). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. In L. H. Cousins (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity (pp. 761-763). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (2015). Japan. In G. A. Golditz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cancer and society (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wang, G. & Hsieh, E. (2015). China. In G. A. Golditz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cancer and society (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 

Recent Funding in Intercultural and International Communication

Elaine Hsieh; Quality of Care for Interpreter-Mediated Medical Encounters in Taiwan. 2015-2016 Core Fulbright U. S. Scholar; Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences-- Research (Award #5130), Taiwan. Sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.