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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Applying a Critical Metatheoretical Approach to Intercultural Relations

The Case of U.S.–Japanese Communication

William Kelly

In this chapter, William Kelly dissects how U.S.–Japan relations mediated personal experiences of White U.S. Americans in their intercultural encounters with the Japanese. He takes a critical approach and focuses on power relations between different cultural groups. From his nineteen-year personal experience in Japan, he reflects on the privileges and disadvantages that White U.S. Americans commonly experienced in Japanese society. Consciously or unconsciously, according to Kelly, White U.S. Americans took advantage of their race, nationality, language, and culture, which were implicated by the imbalanced power relations ...

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