"Gung Ho" movie essay
As noted in the syllabus, what you turn in for this assignment should be approximately 2-3 pages in length
(not including the crosstab model–see question 3), double-spaced, Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins all around. After viewing the video, for this assignment, I would like you to reflect on and respond to the following three
1. Identify and describe how differences on any three cultural dimensions influence the working relationships between the Japanese and American workers. Feel free to focus on any dimensions identified by Hofstede, Trompenaars,
or the singular cultural groupings.Please be sure to include specific examples from the film in your response.
2. Read the review of Gung Ho posted by Roger Ebert after its original debut in 1986.
Embedded in his review, as well as in the criticisms of others, is the idea that cultural characteristics displayed in
Gung Ho are at times notably superficial and exaggerated.Similar criticism has
been levied at other films depicting cultural differences as well.
In your opinion, does cultural stereotyping and/or exaggerating cultural differences in cinema or
other forms of mass media have serious implications for individuals’ understanding of culture?
Do you believe the implications are necessarily all negative, positive, or are there both positive
and negative implications? Please feel free to include specific examples.
3. During our class section on “cultural values in organizational behavior,” one area that was discussed in judging differences between cultures/countries was that of “crosstab models” for capturing differences. A sample crosstab model was also included in the slides. A similar model also appears in the assigned reading for class on that day.
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