Intercultural communication in nursing education: When Asian students and American faculty converge

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In the context of globalization and changing American demographics, it is becoming increasingly important to understand and communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural and racial/ethnic backgrounds. This article applies the framework of cultural variability and intercultural communication research literature to examine and highlight the different communication behaviors of Asians and non-Asians in the United States. The meanings of various verbal and nonverbal behaviors of Asian students are examined to clarify their communication patterns. Culture-based assumptions are identified, and measures to improve intercultural communication in nursing education are provided.


Communication in nursing; Cultural pluralism; Intercultural communication; Transcultural nursing


Nursing | Nursing Administration | Other Nursing


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