Hokies (7A and 7C) Heelots (7A and 7C)
confusing, gentle, annoying, physical, friendly, stuffy (uptight), shy, opposite, wild, unfriendly,
sexist, eager annoying, aggressive
No interaction No eye contact
Shook hands to begin and end conversation Whispered in ear
Likes numbers Made up own language
Touch shoulders to answer “Yes” and “No” were different words: “Heelo” and
Like gold “Heelotia”
Have a lot of red tokens Spoke to you on your right side
Don’t ask questions Hissed when you tried to touch them
Likes zero and numbers
Tried to make eye contact
Trying to touch you
Hokies (7B) Heelots (7B)
Quiet (less talking) Loud
Trade (like) Alert
1. Do you feel the other group gave an accurate description of your culture? Yes or no, and
support your answer with a description of your own culture, its structure, and its rules.
Give two more (2) examples of your own. Use the example below as a guide.
Example 1: The Heelots said that we (Hokies) were always trying to touch them. I don’t feel this was
accurate because our culture requires that we begin and end each conversation with a handshake. We
were only trying to shake hands to formally begin a conversation. Sometimes the Heelots began
speaking to us, asking us questions, but we couldn’t continue the conversation until we officially
“began” it with a handshake.
2. What did you learn? Describe the process by which you learned about the other culture.
Specifically, what factors influenced that process: secondhand information from previous
visitors, direct observation, trial and error (trying things to solve your problem)?
3. What barriers made communication and understanding between the Hokies and Heelots
difficult? For example, language differences, non-verbal codes (body language),
preconceptions (what you already thought you knew), anxiety.
4. Do you think the kinds of things that you experienced in this simulation occur in the real
world as well? Yes or no, why or why not?
5. What effect do these personal communication problems have on international relations?
Please respond to these questions in your SIS blog—title the entry: Along the Silk Road – Culture