Many American citizens are well known for lack of interest and knowledge about foreign countries and cultures. They are paying a huge price for that ignorance. In an increasingly globalized and inter-connected world, that price would be higher and higher.
Since I began teaching at Western Illinois University, I understand that as a foreign professor, I have both the expertise and obligation to familiarize my students with global issues in mass communications. Mass communication professionals (e.g. reporters, editors, public relations officers) won’t be competent communicators if they don’t have basic sensitivity to foreign cultures. Continue reading