Cross cultural sensitivity

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Cross cultural sensitivity is the knowledge, awareness, and acceptance of other cultures.


Support of cultural sensitivity is based on ideological or practical considerations.

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan advocates cultural sensitivity as an essential value in the modern world:

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

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Cultural sensitivity can increase the security of travellers. Lacking awareness of foreign cultures can have adverse legal consequences.[2]

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 because of the both schools' focus on cross cultural awareness [3]

Cultural sensitivity training in health care providers can improve the satisfaction and health outcomes of patients from different minority groups [4]


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