13. Communicating across Cultures

The goal of this chapter is to consider the current cultural perspective where you have been writing and begin to think about readers and colleagues from another culture. This is a start of the conversation, to be sure; it is not meant to be an exhaustive examination of culture(s). Rather, the intent is to start where you are—with a product of technical communication you have created this term, for context, with your own current cultural understanding(s)—and to reconsider your own perspective and how it affects your technical writing process.

This chapter begins with understanding culture as a construct and then examines your own influences and contexts. Later in the chapter, the focus is looking at relationships between cultures and, at times, considering cultural revisions in context of your own writing.


This chapter was written by Billy Merck, Portland Community College, and is licensed CC-BY 4.0.


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