ERIC Number: ED207111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Images as Barriers to Intercultural Communication.
Images that nations have of each other become barriers to effective intercultural communication if they are overgeneralized, oversimplified, or unfairly exaggerated. The communication difficulties between Japan and the United States, for example, exemplify how images negatively influence the political and economic relations between two countries. Despite the serious economic problems of the United States, especially in the automobile industry, Japan still views the U. S. as a large, rich nation. Therefore, Japan still expects that the U. S. will continue to treat it as a subordinate and faithful ally--and a preferred trade partner, which depends on the U. S. for its continued economic growth and survival. The U. S., however, perceives Japan as the world's new industrial superstate, one that has built itself up by having unduly taken advantage of the "free" military protection and trade policies of the U. S. These negative images of Japan are perpetuated by the mass media of the U. S. To eradicate these negative images, Americans must first analyze objectively each image and try to understand why it was created. Next, they must avoid using the negative stereotype images made popular in the war. Finally, both Japan and the United States must strive to increase the academic and cultural exchanges between the two nations. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication; Japan; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Communication Association of the Pacific--Japan Conference (Nagasaki, Japan, June 20-21, 1981).