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Intercultural Communication by Ling Chen

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Elisabeth Gareis

21Intercultural friendship and communication

Abstract: Globalization has increased the frequency of intercultural contact worldwide, and with it, the potential for intercultural friendship. A prime arena for inter-cultural friendship is international higher education. Friendships between international and domestic students have multiple benefits for sojourners and hosts; however, a third or more of international students have no meaningful contact with host nationals. Factors influencing intercultural friendship formation include cultural similarity in general, cultural differences in friendship conceptualizations in particular, culture-specific communication skills (e.g., skills related to relationship development), and culture-general ...

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