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Accounting Episodes as Communicative Practice Affecting Cultural Knowledge
Unformatted Document Text:  18 person. Is that so? M: I don’t say anything. Or it’s like, I accept he or she is like that. I don’t feel like insisting on my opinion. I’m like it’s OK because she is that sort of person. If she were Japanese, I think I would say something. But I’m like “That’s OK”.... Maybe because I’m coward feeling like, “I won’t be able to explain it.” It’s also because I feel it’s too much trouble to say it. I don’t know. But I would probably say it if that person were Japanese, like, “No that’s wrong.” Mayumi perceived a boundary between “Japanese” and others, and changed her behavior according to which group she was dealing with. Mayumi would confront the other “if she were Japanese” whereas she would not “say anything” otherwise. As a result of not confronting others, Mayumi tended to accept their behavior as they were. In other words, her cultural knowledge or her perception of the boundary would not be affected. As for the reasons not to confront, she stated that she “won’t be able to explain it” and “it’s too much trouble to say it.” In the following excerpt, Mayumi also gave her reason not to confront others. Prior to it, I asked her why she did not confront a cashier who she said had caused a trouble with her at a store: Excerpt 9 #J15(Mayumi) p. 15 I think it doesn’t help even if I said something. For one thing, I’m afraid of English. If she argued back, I wouldn’t be able to say anything. I would lose after all, that’s why I don’t say it. It’s also because of my personality, I’m not so tough. As I have given examples, the informants told me episodes in which they felt that it would have been better to confront others in problematic situations but actually did not. They

Authors: Kotani, Mariko.
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person. Is that so?
M: I don’t say anything. Or it’s like, I accept he or
she is like that. I don’t feel like insisting on my
opinion. I’m like it’s OK because she is that sort
of person. If she were Japanese, I think I would say
something. But I’m like “That’s OK”.... Maybe
because I’m coward feeling like, “I won’t be able
to explain it.” It’s also because I feel it’s too
much trouble to say it. I don’t know. But I would
probably say it if that person were Japanese, like,
“No that’s wrong.”
Mayumi perceived a boundary between “Japanese” and others,
and changed her behavior according to which group she was
dealing with. Mayumi would confront the other “if she were
Japanese” whereas she would not “say anything” otherwise. As
a result of not confronting others, Mayumi tended to accept
their behavior as they were. In other words, her cultural
knowledge or her perception of the boundary would not be
affected. As for the reasons not to confront, she stated that
she “won’t be able to explain it” and “it’s too much trouble
to say it.”
In the following excerpt, Mayumi also gave her reason not
to confront others. Prior to it, I asked her
why she did not confront a cashier who she said had caused a
trouble with her at a store:
Excerpt 9 #J15(Mayumi) p. 15
I think it doesn’t help even if I said something. For
one thing, I’m afraid of English. If she argued back,
I wouldn’t be able to say anything. I would lose after
all, that’s why I don’t say it. It’s also because of
my personality, I’m not so tough.
As I have given examples, the informants told me episodes
in which they felt that it would have been better to confront
others in problematic situations but actually did not. They


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