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Papers under the theme of "T18 Intercultural Contact"

Are Social-Service Students More Positive towards Cultural and Sexual Minorities than Hard-Science Students?

Social-service University programs hope to develop culturally competent graduates who will be not only positive towards their clients regardless of their cultural or sexual belonging but also positive about people and sensitive social topics in general. The current study examined the cultural orientation of Israeli social work students in their last study semester towards the […]

If You Have a Neighbour, You Know Each Other, It’s Like a Family: Examining Social Bridging From Refugees in Australia

Interaction with neighbours can significantly affect refugees’ perceptions of being welcomed by the host society. Friendliness from the host community is very important in helping refugees feel welcomed whereas perceived unfriendliness can undermine other successful aspects of integration. This study examined narratives from individual interviews with 47 Ethiopian, Congolese and Burmese refugees on their relationships […]

Polyculturalism and Assimilation, Which is More Effective? The Effect of Context and Lay Theory of Ethnicity on Cross-Ethnical Interaction

A considerable amount of researches had demonstrated the effect of lay theory of ethnicity on intergroup relations. These researches explored the relation of implicit theory and cross-ethnical interaction in monocultural context, either the assimilation situation predominated by mainstream culture, or the minority cultural condition. The current research investigated the effect of lay theory of ethnicity […]

Perception of Russia in the Baltic Countries: Memory, Identity, and Conflict

Understanding the dynamics of relations between Russia and post-Soviet states, between the European Union, Russian Federation and countries associated to the European Union is hardly possible without understanding the affective processes underlying the perception of Russia across Eurasia. Although historical memory and perception of various “sore points” in mutual relationships (historical events, myths and stereotypes) […]

Do You Want to Be My Friend? Perspectives on Friendships with International Students

Growing numbers of younger international students study at the secondary school level and expect that they will have positive peer interactions with local students, as part of their cross-cultural learning experiences. However, many international students find that making friendships in the local context is challenging and interaction often remains at a superficial level. Friendship relationships […]

Changes in the Perception of National Character after Cross-Cultural Contact

The study presented in this paper examined how estimates for country-level differences in personality traits and personal values are influenced by first-hand experience with the cultures in question. A first set of analyses indicated unexpected mutual agreement between the aggregated difference estimates provided by study participants (N = 1387) who had rated the differences between […]

The Effects of Shyness and Sociability on International Students’ Adaptation Through Mediation of Intimate Social Networks in Japan

This study aims to investigate how international students (ISs)’ shyness and sociability influence their adaptation and intimate social networks (ISNs) via voice calls, instant messaging (IM) and e-mail, compared to those via face-to-face (FTF), including the effects of “number of Japanese friends.” We conducted a panel survey targeting ISs in Japan and it was found […]

Polyculturalism and Postcolonial Attitudes in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, And Malaysia

The lay theory of polyculturalism represents the belief that cultural groups are connected with and mutually influence each other. We test the hypothesis that endorsement of polyculturalism predicts favorable attitudes towards continuing presence of former colonizers in four postcolonial Asian societies. In Study 1, polyculturalism was associated with positive postcolonial attitudes in Hong Kong (b=.18*) […]

Generational Differences in Language Fluency and Identity of Okinawan Migrants

Before and after the WW2, many people emigrated from Okinawa. Over 400,000 Okinawan migrants and their descendants live across the world. This study investigates generational differences in the Okinawan migrants’ identity and language ability. A survey questionnaire was distributed to the migrants (and their descendants) through local Okinawan associations (kenjinkai). Eight hundred and fifty five […]

In Touch with Business – The Impact of Interpersonal Touch in Business Contexts in Germany, USA, Italy and Iran –

Previous research on interpersonal touch has distinguished between contact and noncontact cultures. Recent findings, however, suggest that this distinction may be too imprecise as it fails to consider the diverse social contexts of touch. This applies in particular to the context of work and business. To address this shortcoming, we conducted two cross-cultural studies, focusing […]

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