Multiethnic teams present unique challenges that require tolerance and adaptability as well as a willingness for people to see differences. Irwin 2020 states that Japan, just like other countries, has its own cultural and social norms. These affect how citizens interact and relate to one another as well as with other cultures and nations. This is why the Japanese audience was not able to contact Irwin (2020).
The speaker wasn’t surprised that none of his audience members asked questions or made comments after his presentation. The speaker learned from a colleague that Japanese people have an unusual way of asking questions or making comments. They make eye contact and sparkle their eyes. This is in keeping with Japanese society’s belief that too much eye contact can be considered disrespectful. It is based upon the idea that the person’s “face”, or appearance, is an expression of their pride, dignity and reputation. (Irwin, 2020). An indication that you are interested is if there are any deviations from the norm (e.g., making eye contact). The Japanese, however, are reluctant to raise their hand because it puts them in the spotlight, which is considered to be quite dangerous.
People may be united by certain cultural or social ideas depending on the way they act. GLOBE Analysis helps to highlight or identify nations that have similar social and cultural values. It is based on the actions of individuals. These findings indicate that people from South Korea, Taiwan and South Korea may exhibit similar behavior to Japanese. These three cultures are founded on respect for self and others and an intense sense of honor.
It is clear that cultural competence is vital. Globalization has made it inevitable that situations will require and need to be contacted with people from different cultures. Effective collaboration depends on the ability to understand other people’s behavior, which can be affected by cultural or societal beliefs. The consequences of lack of cultural competence may outweigh communication challenges.