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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Japanese and Chinese Studies: Japanese Studies

JAPN 240 Japanese Language and Culture (Intercultural Communication) (1)

This course explores how Japanese language and communication styles offer insights which enhance our understanding of Japanese culture, society, and the Japanese way of thinking. What are the key aspects of the structure of Japanese language and the accompanying communication style which affect intercultural communication? What does it mean to say that Japanese is a high-context language or features a socially oriented mode of communication? Why do some attempts to communicate between cultures turn out successfully while others do not? In exploring Japanese language, this course will draw on examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings between Japanese and non-Japanese in social, political, and economic contexts. Taught in English.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fujiwara