This paper explores the perceptual power of international students from a non-native English speaking background in their intercultural contacts. 27 students from 12 different countries in Asia, Europe, North America and South America voluntarily participated in this research via one-on-one interviews. Findings show that processes of their English language learning and the use of English from their homelands to Australia affect their views of English and the way it conveys a sense of "power". The sense of "power" is further interpreted to be "privilege, "prestige" and "pleasure". A lack of confidence and sense of belonging, as well as inferiority decrease students' perceptual power behind non-mediated communication, while feelings of confidence, pride, security and comfort increase their perceptual power.
|Title of host publication||Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship|
|Subtitle of host publication||Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship - Brisbane|
Duration: 8 Jul 2009 → 10 Jul 2009
|Conference||Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship|
|Period||8/07/09 → 10/07/09|
Tananuraksakul, N. (2009). Perceptual Power behind Non-mediated Communication in an Australian Context. In T. Flew (Ed.), Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009 (pp. 519-533). Australia: ANZCA.