Cultural Dynamics. Take off the shoes to win. I was meeting with a group of Japanese businessmen in Tokyo, and our morning discussions had not gone well. For lunch my hosts rented a private room in a restaurant. As is the custom, they took off their shoes. I was wearing my dress
I was meeting with a group of Japanese businessmen in Tokyo, and our morning
discussions had not gone well. For lunch my hosts rented a private room in a
restaurant. As is the custom, they took off their shoes. I was wearing my dress
cowboy boots and removed them. No sooner had we sat cross-legged on the dining mats than I began to receive the first smiles and laughter of the day. I was puzzled until one man said, "Mickey Mouse," pointing to my socks. My children had packed this footwear, which they had given me for my birthday. Not realizing I would be taking off my boots, I wore the socks. That moment in the restaurant was the turning point of the trip, and before I left Japan we had an agreement.
Language as a Communication Tool
Verbal or Nonverbal Communication
Verbal - Language is a mirror of culture; 3000 languages
è Nothing sucks like an Electrolux.
è "When smoking Salem, you will feel so refreshed that your mind seems to be free and empty."
è the shirts read "I saw the potato" (la papa).
è "Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave," in Chinese.
è "it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate.”
è Instead, the company thought that the word "embarazar" (to impregnate) meant to embarrass, so the ad read: "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant".
Wealth, Material Gain, and Acquisition
Some countries seem to educate their children much better than others? Why? No comprehensive answer has emerged yet but plenty of lessons are being learned
Aesthetics - Cultural differences