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Cultural Intelligence of Russians in Japan: the Role of Intercultural Contacts, Acculturation Strategies and Permeability of Social Boundaries

Student: Adeliia Galliamova

Supervisor: Victoria Nikolaevna Galyapina

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Applied Social Psychology (Master)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2020

This research is dedicated to the cultural intelligence of Russian people in Japan. Special attention was paid to its relationship with intensity of friends’ contacts, acculturation expectations and boundary permeability. To check our hypotheses, we conducted a quantitative study, consisting of four questionnaires – Acculturation expectations from Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies (MIRIPS), Friendship Intensity, Boundary Permeability and Cultural Intelligence Scale (CQS). We managed to gather the answers of 101 Russian people residing in Japan in order to conduct our current research. It was found that there are two relatively independent paths to higher levels of cultural intelligence. First, Russians who choose an integration strategy are more interculturally competent. Secondly, Russians who communicate intensively with the Japanese turn out to be more interculturally competent, while the choice in favor of an assimilation strategy, due to the intensity of contacts, is not important. Whereas, we also found that surprisingly the intensity of friendly contacts with Japanese was positively related only to the assimilation strategy and not related to other strategies (even the integration one), which again demonstrates the unique socio-cultural characteristics of Japan and the difficulties of adaptation to it. This study may provide a wide source of information for further discussion and making personal recommendations to Russians about the aspects that should receive more attention and how to plan further development in the cross-cultural context of Japan. Keywords: Acculturation strategies, Cultural Intelligence, Friendship Intensity, Boundary Permeability, Russians, Japan.

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