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Teaching Intercultural Communication

Having begun with largely episodic, atheoretical “fact-finding” studies in the 1960s and 1970s addressing the practical needs of overseas sojourners, the area of intercultural communication has seen an increasing amount of concerted efforts for serious definitional, theoretical, and methodological explorations. These efforts have often taken an interdisciplinary approach, which is exemplified in many of the books authored or edited by intercultural scholars within the field of communication, including Interethnic Communication (Kim, 1986), Culture and Interpersonal Communication (Gudykunst & Ting-Toomey, 1988), Communication and Cross-Cultural Adaptation (Kim, 1988), Theories in Intercultural Communication (Kim & Gudykunst, 1988), Handbook of Intercultural and Development Communication (Asante & Gudykunst, 1989), Language, Communication, and Culture (Ting-Toomey & Korzenny, 1989), Intercultural Communication Competence (Wiseman & Koester, 1993), Intercultural Communication Theory (Wiseman, 1995), and Becoming Intercultural (Kim, in press). Individually and collectively, research and publication activities have helped define the area of intercultural communication with increased coherence and rigor, and brought about a closer alignment of the intellectual core of the area with that of the mainstream communication field at large.