The principles of cross cultural communication begin with understanding the culture at hand. Interacting with cultures that differ greatly from your own will more than likely lead to more difficult communication, or communication breakdowns. The various differences within the culture, from political standings to morals and values, can cause misunderstandings. This leads us to the second principle, which suggests that most communication breakdowns are a result of the cultural differences (Cheesebro, O'Connor, & Rios, 2010, pg. 58). Because differences can be great, this often times leaves you being more aware of your communication skills and what is being expressed – the third principle. The fourth principle relays that because cultures vary, one should be conscientious and careful of the culture's formal rules that are involved during interaction. While one gesture or action may be acceptable in one culture, it can be frowned upon and offensive in others. The fifth principle reflects upon how your cross cultural-communication skills can increase from understanding it's orientation. Learning of the culture requires using various resources, but can be highly beneficial. This leaves us with the sixth and final principle: viewing others as acceptable, trustworthy, and friendly will minimize challenges and help you overcome them easier (Cheesebro, O'Connor, & Rios, 2010, pg. 59).
There are various barriers and cultural differences that hinder individuals and groups from seeking healthcare. Among the Asian population, it appears that the fact they are in ethnical minority reflects upon their perception and attitude towards health care, services provided, by whom, and where (Rashid & Jagger, 1992). While they suffer from the same diseases that plague non-Asians, fewer are seeking medical attention. This all stems from amount of access to care, patient...