Description To complete this assignment, you will choose one person to interview who was raised in a culture different from your own.
You will conduct the interview by asking questions that help you to learn about the interviewee’s culture. You can create some of the interview questions on your own, but you will want to cover enough information to complete the Interview Analysis Assignment that follows the interview. Below you will see sample questions you can use or edit to fit your interaction.
Note: Although the information you will learn may be more dynamic and eye-opening if you interview someone from a different country, remember, culture is defined by more than just geographical continents.
Sample Interview QuestionsHere are examples of questions you can use to get the interview started or to learn details about the interviewee’s background and culture. You do not have to use any or all of these questions, but make sure your questions are diverse and detailed enough to address the requirements in the Analysis Assignment.
Where did you grow up? What was it like to grow up there?
Did you live in a house, apartment, etc? Who lived with you?
Did you grow up in an urban or rural setting?
Who raised you? What were their roles in your family? Did your family and upbringing reflect the typical family in your culture?
What holidays, traditions, and foods symbolize your culture?
What were common industries or professions in your hometown or culture? Was there a major industry that employed most workers, or was it a diverse working community?
How does your culture view conflict? Do people openly engage in conflict? Is it viewed in a positive or negative way?
How does your culture feel about authority? Are elders respected unconditionally? Do people challenge authority?
Are people in your culture blunt or reserved with communication? Do people openly express ideas and feelings? Do people avoid direct expressions of verbal messages?
Is your culture community oriented or was your culture more focused on individuals or family groups? Did it feel like you were living inside a “big family” in your town or community? Did it feel like each family was separate and independent from others?
Interview AssignmentFollowing the interview, you will create an essay that highlights areas of your interviewee’s culture. The essay should be two pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font, and 1 inch margin all around. Include the interviewee’s name and phone number at the top of the essay.
Here are the questions to consider in your essay. Answer four of the six questions about your interviewee’s culture.
Was your interviewee from an individualistic or collectivistic culture? What information helped you to determine your answer?
Was your interviewee’s from a more masculine or feminine oriented culture? Why?
Was your interviewee from a high-context or low-context culture? Use examples to support your answer.
Did your interviewee come from a culture with a low-power or high-power distance? What information helped to you determine your answer?
Was your interviewee from a monochromatic or polychromatic culture? Use examples to support your answer.
Did your interviewee come from an explicit-rule culture or an implicit-rule culture? What information helped you determine your answer?
After choosing and answering four questions above, close out the body of your essay by answering this question.
How does knowing this information impact the way you would work with someone from this cultural background? Use an example to illustrate two specific tips/ideas that you’ve learned and could pass on to others who may work with someone from this culture.
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