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1 Why Study Intercultural Communication? New Technology Transportation – Trips once taking days are now measured in hours Communication Systems – Technology has enable communication systems. » Satellites » TV

2 Why Study Intercultural Communication? Changes in the United States population U.S. population annually increases by 1 million people a year. Immigration has brought new cultures We are see the largest immigration rate since

3 Why Study Intercultural Communication? Changes in the United States population – 2000: whites were 68% of total population (U.S.) » Asian 4%, African 13%, Latin 13%, Native American 1% – 2050: whites will be 50% of population (U.S.) » Asian 8%, African 14%, Latin 25%, Indian/Arab 4%

4 Why Study Intercultural Communication? Shift in worlds economic arena The growth and stability of US in linked to other countries. – International trade generates 33 percent of U.S. corporate profits. – The United States does more international trade than any other country – Four of five new jobs in the United States are generated as a direct result of foreign trade. – Current U.S. investments abroad valued at more than $300 billion.

5 Anyone You Know? Joe Smith started another day early, having set his alarm clock (made in Japan) for 6:00am. While his coffee pot (made in Japan) is perking, he puts his hair dryer (made in Taiwan) to work and shaves with his electric razor (made in Hong Kong). He puts on a dress shirt (made in China), his designer jeans (made in Singapore), and a pair of tennis shoes (made in Korea). After cooking up some breakfast in his new skillet (made in the Philippines), he sat down to figure out on his calculator (made in Mexico) how much he can spend today. After setting his watch (made in Germany) to the radio (made in Hong Kong), he goes out, gets in his car (made in Japan), and goes looking, as he has been for a long time, for a good paying American Job. At the end of another discouraging and fruitless day, he buys a new leather dog leash (made in Colombia) and flowers for his wife grown (Venezuela), Joe puts on a pair of sandals (made in Brazil), pours himself a glass of wine (made in France), has a piece of chocolate (Switzerland) and turns on his TV (made in Japan) and once again ponders why he cant find a good-paying American job.


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