CCF Michael Keaton Movie Clip & Tales from Thailand Essay Questions

1. Movie Clip

You just viewed a scene from the film “Gung Ho” starring Michael Keaton. Keaton’s character, Hunt Stevenson, is sent to Japan in hopes of convincing a Japanese company to open a car factory in his town. The Japanese company agrees and Keaton is given the position as “employee liaison” (a go between for the Japanese managers and the American workers). He soon realizes that the Japanese and the Americans have very different expectations that are apparent in their communication.

In this particular scene, conflict arises when one of the Japanese managers tells an American worker how to paint a car. Keaton’s character steps in to resolve the problem.


During the period of June 1-7, 1989 (the Tienanmen Square shooting occurred on June 3) there was much confusion regarding who was in control of the Chinese government and what their position would be toward political and economic reform in China. There were rumors that Chinese leader Deny Xiaopeng was dead and civil war was imminent. American politicians frequently made direct statements in support of the pro-democracy movement and called for the Chinese government to allow reform&. The Chinese government released no statements to clarify the situation. However, when Chinese Premier Li Peng (a conservative hard-liner) appeared on Chinese national television wearing a “Chairman Mao uniform” instead of the more common western business suit, viewers could easily interpret the government’s position. The context (what he was wearing) spoke far louder that what he was doing (performing ceremonial protocol). The “Chairman Mao uniform” was popular during the conservative reign of Chairman Mao Tse Tung. The fact Premier Li Peng appeared on Chinese national television wearing such clothing indicated was in charge that he was a conservative leader. Nothing needed to be stated. In a low context culture such as the United States, we would expect our leader to state his or her position rather than to have to interpret intentions based on clothing.

  • Relate these differences, between the United States and China to what the text says about Hall’s High and Low-Context Cultural Patterns

3. Tales from Thailand Essay

  • Relate Hall’s High vs Low-Context theory to the essay. Give an example from the essay that is representative of Hall’s theory.

4.In detail, summarize at length the video “Using High Context Language” and relate it to ANY aspect of the course you wish.…

5. In detail, summarize at length the video “Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence” and relate it to ANY aspect of the course you wish.…