Communication and Culture | Seminar in Intercultural Communication
C727 | 1195 | Calloway-Thomas
In her captivating book, World on Fire, Amy Chua tells a riveting
story about the death of her Aunt Leona, a Chinese Filipino who was
killed by her chauffer, Nilo Abique. The motive given for the murder
was "revenge." Chua writes that "My aunt's killing was just a
pinprick in a world more violent than most of us ever imagined." The
value of Chua's story lies not necessarily in the violence that
occurred as a result of the killing of her Aunt Leona. Rather, the
story signifies a resurgence of ethnic conflict throughout the world.
This seminar explores the nature, sources and effects of racial and
ethnic conflict within the context of globalization. The key issue is
whether communication can substitute for ethnic conflict and hatred in
creating cultural change. The course examines how values, immigration,
democratization, ethnonationalism and human capital fuel ethnic
hatred worldwide. We will focus on ethnic conflicts in Rwanda,
Indonesia and the Middle East. Ethnic conflicts in other places (e.
g. former Yugoslavia) will also be highlighted. The writings off such
scholars as I. Berlin, P. Gilroy, S. I. Griffiths, F. Fukuyama, S.
Huntington, D. Landes, O. Patterson, E. Said, and T. Sowell will be
used to understand and explain the origins and workings of ethnic
Finally, we will wrestle with intercultural communication strategies
and solutions that might offer ways out of barbed wire enclosed spaces