Being a foreign worker is really a challenging task. Especially, Singapore, multi-cultural and multi-language speaking country is not an exception.
I was excited when I got an opportunity to work in Singapore as a project engineer. I have done some research prior to my arrival and found that Singapore is a cosmopolitan society where people live harmoniously and interactions among different races are commonly seen. The immigrants of the past have given the place a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences, all of which have intermingled.
Though, it is far away from my home town, I decided to migrate to Singapore in June, 2012. It was an unforgettable moment when I ...view middle of the document...
I did realize the difference in culture.
The reason why I behaved in a way that Singapore people don’t accept or like is because of the cultural difference. Culture is learned social behaviors that develop overtime; it is further defined as set of shared interpretations about beliefs, values and norms, which affects the behaviors of a relatively large group of people (Dwyer J, 2013. 5th Edition).
Intercultural Communication class was very informative to me. It has really opened my eyes to all the different ways of life that are out there. Many times, each of us get stuck in our own thoughts and lives. I know I am one of the victims. Through this class I have learned the importance of seeing things from another person’s perspective.
Previously, I did not realize that Intercultural communication is the sharing of meaning between individuals of different cultures (Dwyer J, 2013. 5th Edition). Furthermore, all of us face difficulties in communicating with other culture people. To overcome the difficulties, and for effective intercultural communication to take place, there needs to be a sharing of common meanings across cultures (Irwin, 1996).
Having read the levels of culture and I now learned that Enculturation is the socialization process that we go through as we learn about and adapt to our society (Chaney & Martin 2000). As part of our socialization, we internalize the rules of interaction within our culture. This is the third, almost invisible, level of culture. Our perception of what is being done or communicating is affected by the background experience we carry. This background experience consists of values, attitudes, concerns, cultural conditioning, skills and other factors.
Most importantly, for anyone engaging in intercultural communication, the interaction occurs in context. Context includes all the factors that shape and influence the ways in which we understand an interaction (Dwyer J, 2013. 5th Edition). The context also includes economic factors, historical factors and perceptions of power. Perceptions of any of these factors vary from culture to culture and have an impact on intercultural communication.
This means that the experience I did carry from my past is not matching or appreciable from Singaporeans perception. Moreover, I have learnt...