Based on your own cultural experiences, what three mistakes were you already aware of before you read this chart? Explain how you learned about these cultural mistakes.
After reading the list, identify three cultural mistakes that were a complete surprise to you. How will this information make you more culturally sensitive to your friends, coworkers, and online classmates?
From the Native Americans
to the Australian Aborigines many cultures believe that a photograph
not only captures a moment but also the soul. So please be wary of being
too snap happy.
Everything is a-okay
Although it is the international diving symbol for I’m doing pretty well, gesturing the o.k. symbol in Turkey or Brazil can get you into hot water with the locals. In their culture, you are basically calling them an unsavoury part of your rear end.
Touch and go
In the western world patting someone on the head is usually seen
as affectionate, however, in the majority of Buddhist countries it is
the most offensive thing you can do. The head is considered a sacred
part of the body and one person should never touch a fellow human
being’s head, not even that of a child.
Cross-cultural awareness is an essential skill, regardless of whether
you're working overseas, leading a cross-cultural or virtual team, or
dealing with a global customer base. Learn about the culture of the
country where you're doing business to avoid cultural mistakes, and to
demonstrate respect and understanding.
Research key differences in decision making,
relationships, dress, food, dining, and social etiquette before working
with or traveling to a different culture. Your hosts will notice your
efforts, and appreciate that you took the time to learn about their
May 28th, 2015
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