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Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Centuryby Norine Dresser
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Your friend's mother-in-law is visiting from Korea. When greeting her, do you bow, shake hands, or kiss her on both cheeks?
The meeting with his international customers is going well for the corporate president—until he gives the thumbs-up sign. Why?
You welcome your new neighbors with a bouquet of your prizewinning daffodils. Yet your beautiful yellow blossoms are met with looks of shock and horror. Why?
Discover the answers in this incisive, award-winning guide to etiquette, now thoroughly revised to reflect today's truly multicultural society. Both highly informative and entertaining, Multicultural Manners gives you the understanding you need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations.
The book features completely updated etiquette guidelines with special emphasis on postSeptember 11 culture clashes as well as a brand-new section that demystifies unfamiliar cultures in the news. Norine Dresser identifies key cross-cultural hot spots and suggests methods that foster respect for diversity. You'll discover:
Both highly informative and entertaining, Multicultural Manners gives readers the understanding they need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations. This incisive and award-winning guide to etiquette features completely updated etiquette guidelines with special emphasis on post–September 11 culture clashes as well as a brand-new section that demystifies unfamiliar cultures in the news. Norine Dresser identifies key cross-cultural hot spots and suggests methods that foster respect for diversity. Readers will discover the dos and don’ts of successful business and social interaction, detailed tips on avoiding embarrassment in a variety of social settings, amusing firsthand accounts of cultural gaffes, a breakdown of customs, religions, languages, and ethnicities for seventy different countries, and appropriate etiquette for innumerable settings.
Discover the answers in this incisive guide to etiquette for today's multicultural society. This informative and entertaining book gives you the understanding you need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations: the do's and don'ts of successful business and social interaction with people from different cultures; appropriate etiquette involving body language, food, child rearing, clothing, word choices, colors, entertaining, romance, and gift giving; detailed tips on avoiding embarrassment at work, in the classroom, at meals, and at weddings and funerals; and important rules and traditions in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches; in Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform synagogues; in Buddhist and Hindu temples; and more.
About the Author
NORINE DRESSER is a professional consultant, speaker, folklorist, and educator. From 1993 to 2001, she wrote the award-winning "Multicultural Manners" column for the Los Angeles Times. Dresser has been interviewed on the Voice of America and numerous other radio and TV shows.
Table of Contents
1. The New Rules of Communication.
Clothing and Jewelry.
Luck and Supernatural Forces.
Male/Female Relations and Gender Issues.
2. Clearing Cultural Confusions.
A Quick Reference Guide.
Independent Members of the Former USSR.
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