2018-2019 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to announce
Intercultural Communication in Tourism: Encounters, Exchanges, and Imaginaries

Lusha Sa
University of California, Berkeley

Friday, April 12, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Intercultural communication has existed as long as people from different cultures have been encountering one another. As intercultural contacts have increased both at home and abroad with the rapid growth of globalization, people have accepted that cultural diversity has become a fact of life. Tourism has provided a perfect cultural space for the understanding and exchange of different cultures and cultural practices. In recent decades, we have seen more diverse anthropological studies on culture and intercultural communication. But few focus on the intercultural communication in the practice of tourism. Here, this current research aims at studying intercultural communication in the context of tourism in (post)modern society, the relationships and interactions between different stakeholders, the intercultural exchange and communication within different types of tourism, not just between hosts and guests as a binary division first put forward by Valene Smith, but as a broader and more complicated phenomenon.

Speaker Bios:
Lusha Sa:
PhD in Ethnology (2013). She is an assistant professor at the South-central University for Nationalities and a visiting scholar in Anthropology at U C Berkeley. Her PhD was published as撒露莎. 跨文化交流与民族文化重构:丽江旅游的人类学阐释[M].北京:中国社会科学出版社,[Intercultural Communication and Sociocultural Reconstruction: Anthropological Interpretation of Tourism in LiJiang. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press] in 2017. She has many other publications in tourism theory and intercultural communication, ethnicity and tourism and museums and ethnic tourism symbols. She has also translated and published the works of many foreign scholars in Chinese. Her recent work has focused on the Ethnic and Village Tourism in China, the Education and Empowerment of Chinese Minority Scholars, the Intercultural Communication in Tourism.

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