How to Improve Intercultural Sensitivity : Overcome Ethnocentrism Through Acknowledging Distinctions

How to Improve Intercultural Sensitivity : Overcome Ethnocentrism Through Acknowledging Distinctions


Alright, the next thing we want to talk about
is Overcoming Ethnocentrism. And this is, this is a big problem, and this is something
that we really have to work on. What is Ethnocentrism is? It’s basically feeling that your culture
is the best. In fact, other cultures really aren’t even any good because yours is the
only one that’s any good. And the funny thing is that all cultures feel that way. Everybody
thinks their culture is the best and that other cultures aren’t very good, I mean, you
are well aware that lots of cultures hate Americans because of the things we do things.
Unfortunately, we feel the same way about other cultures. So we have to overcome this.
Well there’s three steps that we can do to work on overcoming our Ethnocentrism. And
the first one is to be aware of distinctions. Be aware; accept the fact that people are
different. They do it different than we do. And that’s okay. Whatever it is, whether it’s
relation, in relation to time, to money, to materialism, to food, to roles, to status,
whatever it is, just be aware that those things do exist. Get outside of your world, of your
culture and become aware of other cultures and their differences.

5 thoughts on “How to Improve Intercultural Sensitivity : Overcome Ethnocentrism Through Acknowledging Distinctions

  1. I agree with this video & I'm glad you posted it. But 1 thing that is a misconception is when you said "most other cultures hate Americans." I've been abroad & there are lots of people that actually like Americans & look up to us. So many places are westernized & a lot of people love American music & American movies. Therefore, while your statement might be true of some Muslim nations, a lot of other countries (like Asia) adore Americans. So there is that misconception. Great video though.

  2. Funny how you didn't respond directly to me. 1st of all, I know Asia is not a country. That was a typo. Secondly, there IS IN FACT a misconception to what she says, to a point. I speak from personal experience & I've seen plenty of Ethnocentric Americans overseas & I see how American music & movies are adored overseas. Some people in Japan even have American flags in their house. I can't speak for every country, but I've been to a couple of different Asian countries & that is what I speak of.

  3. One needs to understand that the tutor is presenting a general view – a majority view, its not about some flags Japanese put up in Japan. I feel exactly the way she expressed about America, however I do not say every American is bad.
    HMS

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