So, I am currently on a 7 week trip in Japan - staying in a Capsule hotel, trecking around and enjoying the cherryblossoms.
anyway, I had an interesting conversation with a french fellow at a bar about cultures.
anyway there was also this link Someone posted on facebook, about negotiation styles:
Was interested if anyone wanted to post reflections about different cultures and their facets.
my own personal thoughts (currently):
first and foremost: I am comming to a realisation that Australians (I am one) tend to be rather rude.
And I suspect that this comes by treating people from different cultures like they do other Australians.
- namely by treating other people with general frankness.
I was in a resteraunt (not a particularly high class one) and after my meal I was thirsty for some water.
I saw that my cup was empty, and that the waiter was going to be busy with another customer for some time,
the empty table over from me had a full jug of water on it, and I thought to myself - "I wont bother the waiter, I will just get the jug myself"
So I got up, walked over to the table, picked up the jug of water and sat back down with it at my table.
- and there were these japanese ladies who saw what I did - they just stared at me, like I had just committed a crime. - what had I done I thought!
well If the waiter had been looking - It might have offended him.