This project was designed to generate information relative to a specific intercultural communication situation, especially directed toward diversity between cultural expectation and performance in the following areas: first, Chinese expectation of American Latter-day Saint missionaries' performance in Chinese contexts; and second, performance of the missionaries, as reflected by their knowledge of proper conduct in Chinese contexts at the end of their missions.
Using Q-card sorting procedures and t-test analysis, an analytically developed instrument consisting of seventy statements grouped in six behavior categories was applied in the specific areas. Twenty-nine of the seventy statements showed significant diversity. Four of the hypothesized behavior categories proved to be statistically significant. These include, in descending order from the largest significance: "tradition", "language", "personal manners", and "personal space". Generally, the results indicate that missionaries are returning from Taiwan and Hong Kong with some cultural deficiencies which may interfere with effective personal communication. A program of ongoing cultural education designed for missionaries in these areas is suggested as a way to alleviate such deficiencies
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Chu, Gary G. Y., "A Q-Sort Comparison Between Cultural Expectations of Chinese and Cultural Perceptions of Returned Latter-Day Saint Missionaries From the United States Who Had Been Assigned to Chinese Missions" (1974). Theses and Dissertations. 4600.
Intercultural communication, Mormon Church, Missions, Taiwan, Mormon missionaries, Training of, Hong Kong