情景会话：跨文化交流 Intercultural communication
所属分类：文化教育 -教育学习 - 文化差异
Matthew, do you know much about body language in countries around the world?
Sure, I've picked up a few things from travelling around for work. Why?
Well, I had a meeting today with a woman from Japan and she wouldn't stop bowing! I didn't know what to do!
Did you bow back?
No, I tried to shake her hand, but her hand was so limp I was a bit offended.
Well, Japanese businessmen and women typically bow to greet each other in Japan. She might have been offended by your strong handshake.
But she was in America! Shouldn't she have known that strong handshakes in America signify confidence and respect?
Things are different in Japan. You know, in some countries, making eye contact with others is considered rude.
Is that why she wouldn’t look at me in the meeting?
I think it's highly possible, yes.
The meeting really didn’t go down well at all. I think I need to read up about intercultural communication before I have another meeting with someone from another country.
That's a good idea. When you don’t know much about other cultures, the simplest thing can offend someone.
That's so true. It's great that we see eye to eye on this.