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Accounting Episodes as Communicative Practice Affecting Cultural Knowledge
Unformatted Document Text:  8 him and said, “You should use the file in the department. I’m telling this because I’m thinking about you.” The adviser gave him suggestions and, based on them, Masato went to a community center playing with children teaching them Japanese culture such as origami. About this episode, Masato stated as follows: Excerpt 2(b) #J9(Masato) pp. 7-10 M: After all, it was a cultural difference.... You have to make an action in this society whereas, in Japanese society, you behave as your surrounding circumstances let you do. I grasped it when I had that incident with the adviser. Like, “Oh I see. He wouldn’t accept what I think.” In Japan, I would say, “If you give me some ideas, I’ll do as you say,” but it doesn’t work here because it’s totally different. I: Will you explain to me what you mean by totally different? M: You have to take care of what you have to do here, right? But I expected my teachers and adviser to take care of me in a lot of ways. But it turned out to be wrong, I realized. I: Like, if the international dormitory is not good, then “How about this?” you expected something like that? M: Yeah. I expected him to look for a better place for me and say, “There is a place like this,” showing me a concrete place and say, “Why don’t you go there,” or “I’ll talk to the manager.” I was stupid to have expected something like that.... I: Did your relationship with your adviser stay the same after that? M: I wanted to present myself as a good student. So [after the incident] I said things like, “I worked this much,” exaggerating what I did or, “I tried but in vain,” when I didn’t try at all. Then the adviser was like, “OK, that’s OK.” The relationship got better. The problematic events Masato experienced was that the way he had done his assignment did not fulfill the professor’s expectation. A confrontation naturally took place when Masato met the advisor. In dealing with this problematic situation,

Authors: Kotani, Mariko.
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him and said, “You should use the file in the department. I’m
telling this because I’m thinking about you.” The adviser gave
him suggestions and, based on them, Masato went to a community
center playing with children teaching them Japanese culture
such as origami.
About this episode, Masato stated as follows:
Excerpt 2(b) #J9(Masato) pp. 7-10
M:
After all, it was a cultural difference.... You
have to make an action in this society whereas, in
Japanese society, you behave as your surrounding
circumstances let you do. I grasped it when I had
that incident with the adviser. Like, “Oh I see.
He wouldn’t accept what I think.” In Japan, I would
say, “If you give me some ideas, I’ll do as you
say,” but it doesn’t work here because it’s totally
different.
I:
Will you explain to me what you mean by totally
different?
M:
You have to take care of what you have to do here,
right? But I expected my teachers and adviser to
take care of me in a lot of ways. But it turned out
to be wrong, I realized.
I:
Like, if the international dormitory is not good,
then “How about this?” you expected something like
that?
M:
Yeah. I expected him to look for a better place for
me and say, “There is a place like this,” showing
me a concrete place and say, “Why don’t you go
there,” or “I’ll talk to the manager.” I was stupid
to have expected something like that....
I:
Did your relationship with your adviser stay the
same after that?
M:
I wanted to present myself as a good student. So
[after the incident] I said things like, “I worked
this much,” exaggerating what I did or, “I tried
but in vain,” when I didn’t try at all. Then the
adviser was like, “OK, that’s OK.” The
relationship got better.
The problematic events Masato experienced was that the way
he had done his assignment did not fulfill the professor’s
expectation. A confrontation naturally took place when Masato
met the advisor. In dealing with this problematic situation,


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