There were a lot of interesting things in chapters three, four, and the Babakierua. In this post I am going to some of the points that were surprising to me and some examples.
In chapter three it discusses competence in intercultural communication. There are four different types of them. Unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, and unconscious competence. I was most surprised at how much unconscious competence I demonstrate in the Hispanic/Latino culture as well as the Polynesian culture. I am sure that there are many parts that I am not competent in but for the most part I am competent. An example is when I’m around certain Latino/Hispanic natives, I don’t usually point at things because it is disrespectful, what many people do is they will do a forward motion with their lips or move their head in the direction of whatever it is you are talking about. I naturally do that since I learned more about the culture when I served a mission speaking Spanish and living among Central Americans, South Americans, etc.
Chapter four talked about culture and how everyone has a different culture from everyone else. The part that stuck out to me a lot was realizing the culture in Utah compared other states. When people think of Utah they think of mountains or Mormons. The highly dominant Christian religion in Utah, especially Utah County. It is weird to think about because if you go to Nevada, there are people that don’t even know what Mormon is but here, everyone knows what it is.
Babakieuria was confusing at first. I couldn’t tell if it was something that actually happened or if they were just messing around. Come to find out this didn’t actually happen but it was done for a certain purpose, I think the purpose was to show how the white people in Australia had invaded the Indigenous people of Australia.