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This study examines how cultural identity is affirmed through communication. It draws on experiences of communication with those who come to Brother André Café in Portland, Oregon. The study analyzes what is currently known about affirming identity through the lenses of identity, face, language, avowal and ascription, silence, cultural values, and themes of cultural identity. Through these different constructs, a ‘TIPS Sheet’ is developed which gives first time volunteers to Brother André some guideposts to help them in their interactions with those who partake in conversation. This TIPS Sheet causes minimal changes in the current routine of Brother André, and can be easily and cheaply implemented. It is expected to help volunteers come away with a better experience, as it guides them in their interactions, and can be applied to interactions beyond those that take place at Brother André.

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