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Business Etiquette Faux Pas??

Started by Asher on June 10, 1999 at 00:38:23

I'm doing some research on international business
etiquette and I'm trying to get some personal
anecdotes of unusual, funny or embarrassing situations
travelers have encountered while abroad on business--
culture clashes or faux pas. It might be along the
lines of unknowingly being culturally insensitive--
doing something an American considers harmless, but
takes on a different meaning in another country.

Response by David on June 10, 1999 at 00:38:58

In S Korea it is customary to do business over food and drink. It allows for the
atmosphere to be more relaxed. However, to avoid offending anyone, you must order
the exact same food as them, drink soju(the national alcohol of Korea) when they
say(and you must drink), don't speak out of turn, shoes off indoors, and bow to others
upon introduction(usually shaking hands isn't called for).
Korea is very much a confucius society. They believe strongly in filial piety, which is a
strong respect to elders. Your age will determine how you are expected to talk and act
to someone. An example is you would bow to an elder , serve him his food, let him
drink and eat first, and never look him straight in the eyes. To someone younger, they
should do the same to you.
Basically, the Korean people are the most friendliest people of Asia. It is hard to
understand them coming from another culture, but everything they do has purpose to it. I
hope this is helpful for your business research. If you would like more info about the
Koreans, please write.

Response by jack be nimble on June 15, 1999 at 09:04:58

are you french bonjour

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