Asian migrants can sometimes find it difficult to demonstrate their knowledge and contribute to workplace meetings and class discussion in an individualistic host country, where locals often appear to be direct, outspoken, and eager to talk over other people. Migrant workers and students may become frustrated and discouraged when they cannot find the gap to break into a lively discussion. Developing the social competency of effective participation in a group discussion can enhance migrants’ social integration and personal wellbeing. This paper describes and explains how the cultural mapping approach, a schematic framework initially developed for the EXCELLTM (Excellence in Cultural Experiential Learning and Leadership) Program for fostering international students’ sociocultural competencies (Mak, Westwood, Barker, & Ishiyama, 1998), can be adapted to facilitating Asian migrants’ participation in a group meeting in Western settings. The paper provides practical examples of how cultural mapping can help break down complex social interactions into more manageable phases, to help migrants to join in a group discussion. The application and utility of cultural mapping as a stand alone tool or part of a more comprehensive sociocultural competency or host language training program are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Prevention, Protection and Promotion: Proceedings of the second International Asian Health and Wellbeing Conference|
|Editors||S Tse, M E Hoque K Rasanathan, M Chatterji, R Wee, S Garg, Y Ratnasabapathy|
|Place of Publication||Auckland, NZ|
|Publisher||University of Auckland|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||Second International Asian Health and Wellbeing Conference - Auckland, New Zealand|
Duration: 11 Nov 2006 → 14 Nov 2006
|Conference||Second International Asian Health and Wellbeing Conference|
|Period||11/11/06 → 14/11/06|
Mak, A., & Barker, M. (2006). Social integration: Strategies to foster migrants' effective participation in a group. In S. Tse, M. E. H. K. Rasanathan, M. Chatterji, R. Wee, S. Garg, & Y. Ratnasabapathy (Eds.), Prevention, Protection and Promotion: Proceedings of the second International Asian Health and Wellbeing Conference (pp. 147-155). Auckland, NZ: University of Auckland.