Give as complete answers as possible to the following (5points each): 1. To what

Give as complete answers as possible to the following (5points each):
1. To what extent is intercultural communication competence a necessity today? What role does technology play? What effect, if any, has the coronavirus pandemic had on cross-cultural understanding and cooperation?
2. Discuss the cultural taxonomies developed by Edward Hall and Gert Hofstede. What are the advantages of using the taxonomies? What are the limitations?
3. Is there such a thing as a traditional and embedded dominance and privilege afforded the White race in American and much of Western culture. [To make this assumption, we must grant the fundamental premise that such clearly racial demarcations as White, Black, Yellow, Brown, etc. actually can be drawn and that they have overriding cultural significance.]
4. Some people argue that most members of microcultures in the US are not doing enough to assimilate, take in, absorb, and become a part of American culture. Do you think microcultures should do more to assimilate to the dominant U.S. culture? Or should microcultures hold on to their traditions and customs?
5. Distinguish and discuss categorization, stereotyping and ethnocentrismand their roles in intercultural communication.
6. What is the fundamental tenet of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and how have contemporary linguists reacted to it?
7. Compare and contrast (do both) verbal and nonverbal codes; how are they similar and different? What are their respective roles in intercultural communication?
8. Imagine that you are setting up the branch of an American business in Japan, Mexico or Germany (pick one). What are the considerations and concerns that would arise in that process?

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