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2.0 Similarities and differences between the two biographies.
2.1 Intercultural theories and frameworks.
2.2 Two intercultural biographies.
My intercultural biography.
Intercultural biography of another person.
2.3 Compare and contrast the information taken from the biographies.
Appendix: Interview with myself and with other people in the class.
Appendix B: Cultural differences between the UK and Bangladesh.
Autobiography refers to the resource designed for encouraging and motivating people to think and learn from intercultural encounters. People may have intercultural encounters either through visual media (like the internet, television, films) or face to face (Council of Europe, 2018). Biography refers to the detailed description of an individual person that includes experiences of personal life events along with education, relationship, works, family structure, and life story (Lee, 2009). This paper first discusses intercultural theories and frameworks. Then, this paper creates two biographies (one for myself and one for another person in my class) using the intercultural biography finding from the interviews with both persons. Next, this paper compares and contrasts my biography with the other person’s biography using intercultural frameworks and theories.
2.0 Similarities and differences between the two biographies
2.1 Intercultural theories and frameworks
The widely used intercultural models are Hofstede’s Cultural Model, Confucian Cultural Values, and High-and Low-Context Patterns. Hofstede’s cultural dimension theory was developed by Geert Hofstede in 1973. This model analyses cultural differences focusing on six dimensions that are power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, long-term orientation, and indulgence (Hofstede, 2018). The model “Confucian Cultural Values” were developed by Lusting and Koester in 2013. According to this model, the family is the prototype for all social relationships, and social stability, as well as order, depends on unequal relationships among people. People should be treated as they like to be treated and they should be educated and skills in workplaces. The High-and Low-Context Patterns model was developed by Edward Hall in 1989. This model focuses on a high context culture and low context culture (Hall, 1989).
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2.2 Two intercultural biographies
Two biographies are created in this section. One is my own biography and the other one is for another person in my class. These biographies are created using the intercultural biography finding from the interviews with both persons. The interview questions and answers are included in the Appendix.
My intercultural biography
I am from Bangladesh. My nationality is Bangladeshi. My parents and grandparents are also in Bangladesh. My family is an extended and big family, where there are eight members including my parents, brother and sister, and grandparents. I was born in a small in Bangladesh in 1993. After completing college, I have moved to the UK for educational purposes. Now I have been living in the UK since 2013. My parents and grandparents were also born in Bangladesh and still, now they are living there.
Once our family was too poor but now within 20 years, it has been an established and rich family in my society. My father is now a successful businessman. I was born in a small village in the countryside, where the majority of people lived under the poverty line. People in my village lived in small clusters of mud huts and bamboos. However, the people in my village are hospitable, friendly, helpful, and supportive. There are a strong bond and relationship among the family members. My parents are responsible for family support financially. The main decision-makers in the family are my grandparents……………….
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