Perceptions of facework in international student-international student advisor interaction

Tran, Quang Ngoc Thuy and Harding, Jacqui (2009). Perceptions of facework in international student-international student advisor interaction. In: Fallon, Felicity, 20th ISANA International Education Association Conference Proceedings. ISANA International Education Association 20th International Conference, Canberra, (e1-e7). 1-4 December 2009.


Author Tran, Quang Ngoc Thuy
Harding, Jacqui
Title of paper Perceptions of facework in international student-international student advisor interaction
Conference name ISANA International Education Association 20th International Conference
Conference location Canberra
Conference dates 1-4 December 2009
Convener Felicity Fallon
Proceedings title 20th ISANA International Education Association Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication The Gap, Queensland, Australia
Publisher ISANA Internationa Education Association Inc.
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Fallon, Felicity
Start page e1
End page e7
Total pages 7
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Western and Asian cultures conceptualize the notion of ‘face’ in significantly different ways. Though ‘face’ and ‘facework’ have been quite well researched both theoretically and empirically, few previous studies have specifically dealt with the conceptualisation of facework of intercultural interlocutors in their workplaces. Additionally, no previous study on facework has explored Vietnamese culture in Western-Asian intercultural interaction. Given the cultural differences possessed by Vietnamese international students and Australian international student advisors and the sensitive, exclusive situations in which they interact with each other, this paper attempts to examine their perceptions of face and facework through two cultural dimensions: individualism-collectivism and power distance. Vietnamese international students’ concern for face is found to govern their use of direct or indirect requests, what they disclose or not disclose in interaction and to explain their meticulous consideration. Australian student advisors also have similar concern but are not fully aware of Vietnamese students’ facework strategies.
Subjects E1
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Keyword intercultural communication
cultural dimensions
workplace interaction
facework
Face
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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