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FLAN 3440


You are expected to interview someone who had been to another country/ies in a business trip or as a tourist, or an international student/person who visited or came to this country. You may interview a “Westerner” who did not travel but had interactions with “foreigners” in his/her Western country. Your interview will focus on the social and business interactions that your interviewee engaged in. After providing information about your participant and a rational for choosing him/her, you can ask questions similar, but not necessary limited, to the following:

1- When were you in that country?
2- How did you find your social/ business interaction similar/different from what you are used to.
3- Can you relate the most shocking or strange incident(s) that you witnessed or been part of?
4- Did you have any orientation (including personal research) about the customs and traditions of that country?
5- How did your learning of the culture of the country affect your experiences?
6- Did you notice that the religion, attitudes, and beliefs of the people affected their interactions or the way they conduct business? How?
7- What things would you do differently if you are to relive your experience doing business in that country?
8- What advice would you give to a foreigner going in a trip to that particular country?

You may report your interview in any format you like (e.g. essay or question and answer). However, you need to conclude in a paragraph in which you link what your interviewee mentioned and what has been discussed in the class, the concepts of intercultural communication. Failing to include this paragraph will automatically drop your grade to half of the assigned grade for this assignment.

Please remember that the provided questions should serve as a guide or sample for your interview. Make sure to ask about comparisons between the country your interviewee visited and the common expected behavior in similar settings in the United States.
Flan 3440Student Name

Gaby Semaan

FLAN 3440


23 May 2020

Interview with [Name of Interviewee]

For this project, I interviewed my uncle, [Name of Interviewee], who has worked in and

traveled to numerous countries across the globe as a Human Rights Lawyer. In this interview,

[Interviewee] discussed what it was like to live and work in the country of Bhutan for five years.

While working in Bhutan, [Interviewee] and my aunt helped start up the royal law school, most

significantly the conflict resolution clinic.

1. When were you in that country?

[Interviewee] was in Bhutan from 2015-2020.

2. How did you find your social/business interaction similar/different from what you
are used to?

[Interviewee] stated that the most contrasting aspect about his business experiences in
Bhutan was disagreement. He said that, “people did not openly disagree”. In other
words, they do not say what they disagree about to someone’s face. During the interview,
[Interviewee] presented both a macro and micro example of Bhutan’s concept of


For the macro example, [Interviewee] stated that, “Bhutanese hire consultants to come in
and write policy. These consultants may have 20 years of experience, and Bhutan will

send out a car to the airport, the king and queen will be there etc. The consultant will do

everything needed, write out the opinion, the Bhutanese will nod, put an official seal on it
and publish the policy. It looks great.” Everything is all great, until the consultant leaves
and the Bhutanese “chip it to death, make committees, and do studies their own way”.

The Bhutanese may have brought in this international consultant, however they “won’t
accept someone from the outside’s opinion”. [Interviewee] views this somewhat as a
positive, because, it is “important to have integrity in your own decisions”. He does
however quote that this decision may be, “frustrating for consultant, because they

thought the idea was great”. They may be upset that their policy hasn’t been put into
effect or their end of the bargain hasn’t been met. He said the consultant may feel like the
whole decision was a “complete waste of time”.

With the micro example, [Interviewee] said that he was that consultant. He said that, “As
a consultant you’re hired in to come and do something, you do it, and you change
something, the Bhutanese nod, not openly communicating.” He said you may get
frustrated that, “people won’t move forward with your decision/vision”. In Bhutan,

[Interviewee] ’s job was to teach law in a different way. Normally, a professor teaches
law in the lecture style, students sit, take notes and have an examination at the end of the
semester. Bhutan wanted something different. [Interviewee] said this job was very
difficult because he had to attempt to tell the Bhutanese to, “change how to teach and

change what they teach”. His major obstacle was that he can’t just force people to do

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