ENGL 3207 Term Paper
Student Name: Cheung Tsz Yan, Tina
Student Number: 12202304
Smith and Bond (1990) said the communicative behaviour of a stranger from a different culture may irritate or puzzle us as their acts contradict our expectation or anticipation, so we will read it as inappropriate. This situation applies to the encounter between Jeremy and Jabu from two different cultures: one adopted in Australia and another in South Africa. Jeremy possessed a sense of good anxiety — feeling pleased and were anticipating towards the contact, in which he developed positive expectation complimented with his experience gained from a science education project he conducted in Africa and readings about cultural differences, as stated in line 3-5.
In terms of the out-group identification of Smith and Bond, Jeremy categorized Jabu as an out-group, as one of the indication of it is the dramatic divergence of speech, where Jeremy and Jabu said two different mother tongues, so this knowledge contributed to his behaviour of speaking slower and articulate clearer when talking to his student.
According to Smith and Bond, another universal salient out-group identification is race and ethnicity. Knowing that Jabu is from South Africa and she is black, which was relatively distinctive among her classmates, this primitive categorisation is…show more content… This showed that he presumed all Africans possessed same rituals, culture and interests, ignoring the fact that South Africans can actually be different to Africans. Walter Lippmann (1922/1965) said the real environment is too big and complex to understand, so this stereotyping of simplifying can help people manage cross-culture interactions easier. Throughout the meetings, the lecturer displayed a positive kinesics feature, a “friendly face” to show that he was interested in the