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Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture

EA.G.03, Parramatta Campus (South), Western Sydney University

Sydney, NSW

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This talk reflects on the intercultural differences between the Aboriginal people and the English-speaking Australians. It helps audience understand various cultural differences and approach them positively. While the cultural diversity and cultural variations in Australia are acknowledged, there is a strong sense of collectivistic cultural tradition and practice in the Aboriginal communities, and the equally prevailing individualistic culture dominates Australia. Although the two cultural groups live and work side by side on a daily basis, not all of them are fully aware of intercultural communication differences between them and they may cause intergroup misunderstanding and workplace issues.

Using intercultural communication theory, Dr Ping Yang critically reviews the various differences in intercultural verbal communication and intercultural nonverbal communication among the two different cultural members. Understanding and appreciating these cultural differences make it possible for all to develop intercultural communication competence (e.g. intercultural knowledge, intercultural skills, and intercultural attitudes) which is essential to keeping Australia an economically strong, philosophically harmonious, and culturally diverse nation.

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Dr Ping Yang is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and an Academic Course Advisor for MA in TESOL in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. He has broad teaching and research interests, including intercultural communication, intercultural nonverbal communication, English-Chinese translation, and teacher training in TESOL. He has published extensively and supervises higher degree research students in these areas.

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