The Culture of Giving Tips

This is a must read for anyone who seriously wants to learn about culture: Readers' tipping nightmares and fairytales Some excerpts: 1. Kenneth McLeod, Xiamen, China: I live and work in China; last year at a trade conference we were invited to a banquet by our Chinese hosts. The waitress was giving top class service and an American … Continue reading The Culture of Giving Tips

Malaysian English – A Case of Inculturation

This clip is not only hilarious it should also serve as good material for studies of inculturation. 'Get down' of a car is a proper Chinese expression (下车), as in Chinese one does not get 'out' of a car but get 'down' from it. In fact the word 'car' means a whole range of vehicles … Continue reading Malaysian English – A Case of Inculturation

Cultural Clash ‘for everyone’!

We do not normally say that we are experiencing 'cultural clash'. The term has always been associated with 'bigger issues' such as the dispute on minaret in Switzerland or the issue of Islamophobia in America after 911 - which not all of us would be involved on a regular basis. Also, in such cases there exists … Continue reading Cultural Clash ‘for everyone’!