Susanne Krejsa MacManus' five finger excercise
11/2018: What do we know.
In this case we know the background of the name. Other cases make us wonder about the origin:
Intercultural clichés may either be truly embarrassing or make you laugh: Japanese and Chinese friends like to shake our hands because they have been instructed to do so. Conversely, we tend to bow in front of them without extending our hand because we are perfectly well informed about Asian customs.
Once, I gave a dress to my friend Mae in Singapore. I had wrapped it nicely. Of course, she could not unwrap it in front of me because this would have been impolite. Her expression might have offended me. However, I had to explain something about the dress to her. Tricky, wasn't it? Finally, we agreed that she would accept the wrapped gift, and I would unwrap it for her.
For example, you always have to stand on the left side – for instance on an escalator – to let people pass on the right side. In China, do as you like. In a Japanese restaurant (in this case McDonald’s), you must not bring along your own drinks. In China, you may do so. In self-service restaurants, you must dispose of the leftovers yourself, while in China you may leave them on the table.
And most important: In public transportation in Japan, you must not use your cell phone! In China you may do so.
Please, let us adopt this Japanese rule in Austria!
My previous ‘five finger exercises’ and newsletters can be read here. I’d be delighted if they were shared!
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