ICC - History and Context?

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Hi everyone!

I've been thinking about whether the ICC field pays much attention to history and context when studying intercultural competence? I think there can be a tendency to study intercultural issues in a 'vacuum', or in isolation, where we don't take into account the broader context of where we are. For example, as a youth worker from South Africa, I don't think you could teach young people about intercultural competence in South Africa while ignoring the country's history of apartheid or the fact that it was colonized by Britain, because how different racial/ethnic/cultural groups think about each other or treat each other is influenced by this historical context. What do you all think? As ICC scholars, how much attention should we be paying to historical context when we study intercultural competence in different settings?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!