This title presents a new direction in multicultural studies. This in-depth intercultural mirroring study examines the convergence of the Chinese, English, and Spanish worlds from a cultural and language perspective. The interlocking of three seemingly foreign mindsets in dealing with issues of nationalism, power, personal identity and life expectations opens a new window exposing our similarities through our intercultural connectors. The reader is taken on a new and fresh journey away from the routine stereotypical approach that relies on examining cultural diversity exclusively. The field of Intercultural Studies is replete with binary engagements, often dichotomized in we/they divides. As a result, many studies deal with culture shocks, focusing on differences and do's-and-don'ts techniques. This book is an attempt to go beyond such binaries and dive into the underlying core(s) of distant cultures; it establishes similarities and paradigms. The acute awareness of what separates and differentiates cultures galvanizes the demystification of cultural differences. The incorporation of a third language and culture helps transcend binaries.
To forge a core human connection, a tri-cultural and tri-lingual vehicle traverses Chinese, English, and Spanish speaking worlds. The speakers (native and non-native) of these languages represent half of the human race. Further, the current massive mobility in capital, labors, products, and markets infuses Chinese, English, and Spanish into an ever-changing global power scheme. Knowledge and understanding of one-another have become so tangled that an underlying similarity must be identified in order to function. To this end, on a collective level, the book reflects on the building of Chinese, British, and Spanish Empires in a mutual illumination of power. On an individual level, the book engages in a cross-cultural examination of individualism by connecting the three cultures in Confucius' life, the American Dream, and the bullfight. The discussions and arguments are intertwined with the linguistic elements of the three languages.