Cross-Cultural Communication: International Communication

Proceedings of the
Mirny Regional Scientific-Practical Conference on Inter-Cultural Communication:
Issues of Politics, History, Language and Literature

Mirny Polytechnic Institute and Sakha (Yakutsk) State University
Mirny, Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
27-28 April 2002

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Editor's Introduction

by S.A. Mousalimas
Oxford University

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The Location of the Conference

These proceedings are being published online because of the insights that they provide into the quality of thought as well as the current concerns in a very interesting part of the world: Mirny in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russian Federation.

It is significant that a conference on this theme was convened in 2002 as part of the events that commemorated the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), and the 370th anniversary of the joining of the territory of Yakutia with Russia.

Mirny is the centre of the diamond mining industry of the republic and the federation. The town is small, industrial, and isolated. It is located in the western region of the republic, about two air-hours from the republic's capital city, Yakutsk. There are no roads into this region. During the long winters, trucks can convey goods over the ice along the frozen, mighty, river Lena between Yakutsk and Mirny. During the brief summers, barges ply the waters. The plane routes are the regular arteries.

Mirny is situated towards the Arctic Circle, approximately due north of Seoul, Korea. This is northeast Asia. The region is commonly referred to as "Siberia", along with most of Russia east of the Urals.

The Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is the largest autonomous republic in the Russian Federation. Massive, the territory of the republic is about the same size as India. It encompasses about one-fifth of the total land mass of the Russian Federation.

Generally, the republic is energetic, optimistic, and creative. Immediately with peristroika in 1991, leaders in the republic began to forge international relations and programs around the globe. People here are keen to develop sustained international relationships globally. At the same time, they are concerned with the cultivation of affirmative relations among the various "nationalities", or ethnic groups, that comprise the population of the republic and the federation, particularly now as "national" cultures, or ethnic cultures, are being revitalized.

Descriptive information about the Mirny and the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is available through a project by students of the Mirny Lyceum. The project was prepared for publication during the conference and has been published in conjunction with these proceedings. Titled "Welcome to Mirny: Diamond-Mining Centre of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)", the project is online at www.Mirny.org.

Yes, a conference of such vital interest took place in this location, where the intellectual level and cultural level are so high that the theme could be addressed from so many points of view.

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Citation Guidelines

Mousalimas, S.A., Introduction, Cross-Cultural Communication: International Communication, Proceedings of the Mirny Regional Scientific-Practical Conference on Inter-Cultural Communication: Issues of Politics, History, Language and Literature (27-28 April 2002), Mirny Polytechnic Institute and Sakha (Yakutsk) State University, 2002, available at http://www.OxfordU.net/mirny_international-2002/intro.html.


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