The vast discourse on the Self and the Other is no doubt one of the central fields of
enquiry in intercultural studies. Despite its more utilitarian focus on face-to-face
interactions between people of diverse cultures (Jandt 2001 :38), the field of
intercultural communication has also incorporated insights from the more
philosophical discourse on the Self and the Other. And, of course, research on
intercultural interaction goes beyond race and ethnicity. Increasingly, researchers are
becoming aware of the need to investigate the role of gender in intercultural studies.