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Throughout my life there have been several events and people that influenced significantly who I am today Among those things Coming to Canada has become the most important influence in my life because it changed the way I look at interpersonal relationship cultural differences and helped me to determine my identity By moving to overseas by myself at age 22 I learned to adjust myself to new culture that is completely different from my Japanese background I have adapted this new culture in some extent but at the same time I have discovered and strengthened my identity as Japanese by making myself understand others better First I had to learn how to communicate with people in English and went through hard time during the process By now I have acquired English ability that allows me not to have trouble handling things in the daily life Acquiring new language ability is considered to be cognitive complexity and this development affected me psychosocially as well In the beginning of my stay in Canada I had trouble making myself understood by Canadians I first thought the problem is due to my poor English ability and my quiet personality However after I gained enough ability of English to communicate with others I realized that the problems are also as a result of cultural differences Through self-monitoring that is the process of paying close attention to ones behaviour and using these observations to shape the way one behaves I discovered differences between Canadians and myself as Japanese Adler Neil Towne and Rolls 37 I learned that in Canadian culture it is important to express ones feelings and opinions verbally to make one understood by others However in Japan verbally expressing feelings and opinion especially strong ones is against the virtue Therefore Japanese uses nonverbal communication such as facial expressions and different tones of voice For example even if a person verbally says yes it does not necessarily mean yes
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