Essay about 'Belonging' in the Intercultural Communication

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2. Analyze how ‘belonging’ is central to intercultural communication.

Every individual definitely belongs to something. As a mankind, every individual belong to the place where they born or raise. ‘Belonging’ means that every individual always adopt the life style and culture from the country or a group each individual raised or born. For example, the ways individual eats, how every individual communicate and interact with others. Every place or group has different life style and culture from the other. Every culture has differences, from these differences, the way each individual behave and perceive the world also different. This essay deals with a question: how ‘belonging’ is central to intercultural communication and there are
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The identity influence on how Indonesian people react to Western culture. When individual moves to another culture, they will learn the rules, ethics, norms and language of the new culture. For example if Indonesian people move to Australia, Indonesian will learn Australian’s culture. The basic and easiest of adaptation is learning the language. By learning the language, Indonesian can communicate with Australian people but by this is not easy, as it seems. Move from one culture to another and learn another culture is called cross-cultural adaptation. In cross-cultural adaption Indonesian people need to adjust themselves and this stage is not easy. Sometimes miscommunication happens between Indonesian people and Australian people. Miscommunication occurs because the language has different background. According to Kim (2003, p. 246) there are two types of adaptation, Long-tem adaptation and short-term adaptation. This two types of adaptation is explaining the length of time of individual in adapt to another culture. According to Taft as cited in Kim (2003, p. 246), the concept for long-term adaptation is the individuals already recognized the attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and motivation from another culture. Short term is the opposite of the long term. Short term is the difficulties in the transition into a new culture. Usually the individual will distress by the new culture. Stated by Kim (2003, p. 247), long-term and

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