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1st Regular Seminar of the Center for the Study of Human Relations, Nanzan University

June 13, 2012

[ Date/time ] Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] D43, Building D, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Presenter ] Satoshi Moriizumi
(Associate Professor, Department of English, Nanzan Junior College)
[ Theme ] Comparing Japanese and American Demands for Social Support from Cultural Multi-strata Perspectives
[ Summary ] Vast differences in modes of interpersonal communication have been noted between Japan and the United States as indicated in the well-known categories designated in Individualism & Collectivism (Triandis, 1995) and Culture and the Self: Implications for Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation (Markus & Kitayama, 1991).
One characteristic that may be considered is whether one looks for support in others in stressful situations.
One the other hand, regarding nationality and culture as equivalent has been subject to criticism as underestimating the variety of cultures by hypostasizing a national culture.
In performing international comparative study, this study includes familial culture, familial communication patterns and awareness of face as a person’s public image as another related factor.
During this presentation I will report the results of research targeting university students in both Japan and the United States on the relationship of these variables and the various aspects of requesting support. (Who is asked, what level of support, delivered in what fashion, etc.)
It is my hope to engage the audience so that we can share opinions about the significance of this research and the state of development of interpersonal skills among university students in Japan and the United States.
[ Inquiries ] Center for the Study of Human Relations, Nanzan University
18 Yamazato-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya City 466-8673
Phone: 052-832-3111
E-mail: ninkan-c@nanzan-u.ac.jp