Identify Cultural Mistakes

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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?

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Caught on camera

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.

Avoid

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 culture.


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