Explaining the Effectiveness of the Contrast Culture Method for Managing Interpersonal Interactions Across Cultures


  • Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Hanako Suzuki University of Tsukuba
  • Alexis Pusina Independent English Teacher




Contrast Culture Method, Training Evaluation, Intercultural Education


One of the current challenges in the field of intercultural education comes from the limited availability of training efficacy studies. The present study focused on explaining the effectiveness of the Contrast Culture Method (CCM) as an intercultural education method for managing interpersonal interactions across cultures between graduate international students and their local counterparts in an academic program in Japan. By incorporating a qualitative methodology through the grounded theory, the study explained a context of domestic interpersonal relations across cultures in Japan. The result showed CCM’s effectiveness based on respondents’ reflective accounts, and supported the ideas suggested by the original study. The article concludes with future directions for research and application of CCM.

Author Biographies

Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka, Aoyama Gakuin University

HIROYOSHI HIRATSUKA is an assistant professor, School of Global Studies and Collaboration, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan. His current research areas include managing organizational diversity and relational conflicts across cultures. 

Hanako Suzuki, University of Tsukuba

HANAKO SUZUKI, PHD, is an assistant professor, Global Commons (International Student Center), University of Tsukuba, Japan. Her research areas include preventive intervention targeted at and identity of international students and scholars. 

Alexis Pusina, Independent English Teacher

ALEXIS PUSINA, is Visiting Lecturer, Renmin University of China. His research interests include process based academic writing in TEFL, conflict resolution, and mediation in an intercultural communication context.




How to Cite

Hiratsuka, H., Suzuki, H., & Pusina, A. (2016). Explaining the Effectiveness of the Contrast Culture Method for Managing Interpersonal Interactions Across Cultures. Journal of International Students, 6(1), 73–92. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i1.482



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