Creating Synergy between Collectivism and Individualism in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Online Communication Patterns between Hong Kong and U.S. Students

Kay Kyeongju Seo (1), Paul Chamness Miller (2), Cynthia Schmidt (3), Patience Sowa (4)
(1) University of Cincinnati, USA, United States,
(2) University of Cincinnati, USA, United States,
(3) niversity of Missouri-Kansas City, USA, United States,
(4) Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Abstract

In recent years, studies have proposed the use of intercultural communication to promote understanding among students across geographic distances and foster students’ global awareness and international experience. This study compared Hong Kong students’ WebCT discussion postings with those of U.S. students to investigate differences in their online communication patterns. Results showed that while Asian students were more interactive by inviting other students’ opinions, American students were less responsive and more interested in stating their own views. In addition, American students tended to be direct and straightforward in expressing their positions whereas Asian participants used ambiguous language and conveyed their thoughts implicitly.

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Authors

Kay Kyeongju Seo
kay.seo@uc.edu (Primary Contact)
Paul Chamness Miller
Cynthia Schmidt
Patience Sowa
Author Biographies

Paul Chamness Miller, University of Cincinnati, USA

Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Education
Division of Teacher Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
University of Cincinnati
P. O. Box 210022
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0022, USA

Cynthia Schmidt, niversity of Missouri-Kansas City, USA

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
School of Education
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110, USA

Patience Sowa, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Assistant Professor
College of Education
Zayed University
P.O. Box 4783
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Seo, K. K., Miller, P. C., Schmidt, C., & Sowa, P. (2008). Creating Synergy between Collectivism and Individualism in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Online Communication Patterns between Hong Kong and U.S. Students. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 8(3), 1–07. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v8i3.467

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