Amanda Stefura and Maddie Galvez
1.) Character A is hosting dinner at their house and invites character B. Once at character A’s house, everyone is sitting down and A’s family members start to serve food to the guests.
A: Here have some more chicken and rice!
B: Oh no, thank you! It is so delicious but I’m full.
A: Oh no, there is plenty of food! Don’t worry. (A serves B more rice and chicken).
B: Thank you (Eats a few more bites of the food, but does not finish).
A: (A notices that B has not finished). Was it not good?
B: Oh no, it is really good I am just full.
A: (A finds this disrespectful and does not invite B to another dinner party).
Character A comes from a high power distance culture and a high indulgence culture while Character B comes from a lower power distance culture and a restraint/low indulgence culture.
2.) Character C and character D are in a cafeteria and bump into each other causing C to drop their drink.
C: Hey, watch where you’re going, you made me spill me drink!
D: I am so sorry!
C: (Walks over to nearest kitchen staff member and bluntly says) There is a spill over there, you might want to clean it up. (C then exits the cafeteria).
D: (Standing by the spill when the kitchen staff member arrives) Sorry we made such a mess for you, would like some help cleaning this up?
Kitchen Staff: Do not worry, I can do it, things like this happen all the time.
D: Okay, sorry again, have a great day.
Character C is from a high power distance culture and character D is from a low power distance culture.
3.) Character E and F get onto a very crowded train in foreign country. Character E is male and character F is female.
Character F: (Character F notices that no man has gotten up and offered their seat to her) I was was certain that someone would have offered me their seat by now.
Character E: I know, right? That is so weird, I definitely would have given a woman my seat if the train is crowded like this.
(Train stops, two people exit and there are now open seats so characters E and F sit down. As they sit down, a woman enters the train. )
Character E: (Says to the woman that entered the train) Excuse me, would you like to sit down?
Woman: No, I’m fine.
Character F: (Says to Character E) I wonder why she does not want to sit down, she is carrying so many bags.
Character E: I don’t know, maybe it’s a part of a feminist thing.
Characters E and F are from masculine societies while the woman on the train is from a feminine society.