Relations between people of different ethnic groups are crucial issues in the world of today. At both the national and international levels, ethnic conflicts are important issues, impeding effective relations and social harmony. Although people often believe that we can all get along if we just try, history tells us that conflict is more likely than harmony in the context of intercultural contact. How can we get along better with others?
The chances for effective and harmonious intercultural relations are enhanced by knowledge about the dynamics of culture and cross-cultural relations and preparation for cross-cultural adaptation. My work has addressed issues of improving intercultural relations on many different levels. Several of my courses (Ethnic Relations in the U.S., Culture and Health) address issues pertinent to enhancing interethnic relations. In support of cross-cultural education and training, I have written several textbooks: American Ethnic History; Cultural Awareness, Sensitivity and Competence; and Culture and Health: Applying Medical Anthropology.