the cultural dimension of power distance tends to address policy issues and post news
regarding political figures and government officials on the Web' (Jing, 2008).
In the US, great attempts are often made to reach across cultural boundaries, in order
to gain greater insight, develop friendships, partnerships and for a variety of reasons.
Typically the first step taken is to learn a language. As a so-called melting pot of many
different ethnic backgrounds, the US provides an opportunity for every citizen to learn
more about the cultural backgrounds of others. However, what usually occurs is active
exclusion of those who look or act different, whether in schools, the workplace and even
in places of worship. Personal or individual views of how one perceives his or her own
acceptance of other cultures is often skewed.
In a study of computer moderated communications(CMC) versus face to face (FTF)
communications, between North American and East Asian college students, 'East Asian
and North American college students tend to display greater self-disclosure in CMC as
compared to FTF interactions' (Yum & Hara, 1996). The basis for this phenomenon is
explained by students as the low risk factor of involvement. However, East Asian
students were not perceived as self-disclosing by American students, as much as by
themselves. This represents a difference in cultural values. To East Asian students, any
type of self disclosure may be considered more risky than to American students, even if
in an online environment. Cultural values are evident here. Other cultures can behave
more private and self-contained.
This may explain why those who look or act different, are shunned in many settings.
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