Cross cultural sensitivity
The concept of cross cultural sensitivity encompasses the knowledge, awareness and acceptance of other cultures.
Opinions in favor of cultural sensitivity
Opinions in favor of promotion of cultural sensitivity are based on ideological or practical considerations.
Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where people are becoming more and more closely interconnected.Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Cross cultural sensitivity can impact the operating income of corporations seeking to expand their activities to foreign markets. An American manufacturer of golf balls packaging balls in packs of four and failed to successfully operate in Japan, where the number four holds the meaning of death.
Cultural sensitivity can have positive effects in academia. In 2002 Unity College, Murray Bridge began a Student Exchange Program with Chuo University Suginami High School in Tokyo, Japan. This program has been successful due to the both schools' focus on cross cultural awareness
Criticism of cultural sensitivity
Cultural sensitivity can lead to acceptance of genital mutilation and other forms of torture. According to UniSA child protection expert Professor Freda Briggs, culturally sensitive Australian doctors of medicine perform genital mutilations on children of refugees.
- http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sgsm9195.doc.htm. United Nations. Retrieved on 2009-04-06
- http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/cultural-services/articles/cultural-sensitivity.html. Kwintessential. Retrieved 2009-04-06
- http://www.unitycollege.sa.edu.au. Unity College. Retrieved 2009-04-06
- "THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN HEALTHCARE". Cultural Candor Inc. Retrieved 25 November 2015.