What were Jane’s assumptions about the conference attendees
Baffled in Bangkok
- What were Jane’s assumptions about the conference attendees? Use cultural terminologies in answering these questions.
Jane assumed that the conference attendees were inferior and primitive. She thought that they exhibited social practices native to them.What were Jane’s assumptions about the conference attendees
- What could she have done differently in that situation?
In this situation, Jane should not have asked for advice from her friends because they may be prejudiced or misunderstand tradition. In order to understand people from a different culture, one should get first-hand information from the locals. She also should not have exaggerated her praise. When the attendees stopped participating or answering her questions, she should have given them a break and talked to a few of them to establish what the problem was. When the ladies approached her after the event, she should have taken the opportunity to speak to them about the happenings of the event and maybe she would not have remained baffled.
- What would you have done?What were Jane’s assumptions about the conference attendees
I would have used cultural relativism to understand the other side. I would have done proper research before going to Bangkok and ask people who understand the culture for a few tips. Once I was told that the women are shy, I would have researched ways on speaking with them and found out how to relate with them. I would have remained calm, composed and natural during the entire conference if I noticed any problem in order not to make it worse.
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