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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions

* historical, religious, and political background

* life at home

* leisure, social, and cultural life

* eating and drinking

* do's, don'ts, and taboos

* business practices

* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

" useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

About the Author

GEOFFREY MURRAY has worked in Asia for more than forty years as a journalist, author, and teacher, including long stays in China, India, Japan, and Singapore. So far, he has published fifteen books on a wide range of business and socioeconomic issues, mostly about China, but also including Vietnam: Dawn of a New Market and Simple Guide to the Customs and Etiquette of Vietnam, both in 1997. He has closely followed developments in Vietnam ever since he served as a news agency war correspondent with the Australian army in the mid-1960s, winning the Australian governments “Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal.” He is officially listed as a Vietnam War veteran by the Australian government.

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Shoshana, August 24, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
There aren't a lot of books focused on customs and etiquette in the economically emergent nations of Southeast Asia. This is too bad because the information is sorely needed but the available materials tend to be somewhat cursory and either overly broad or too narrow. The present volume tends in the "overly broad" direction, spending a reasonable proportion of its text on general historical, anthropological, and tourist information rather than addressing specific points of custom and etiquette. I hasten to add that this overview is generally well-written and useful, but it is not "customs and etiquette," which is what the title promises and what I needed. Still, this is the best of the very small bunch, and has the virtue of being a small book, easily packed.

The chapters "Business Briefing" and "Communicating" contained the most germaine information for my purposes. These chapters provide a general context of Doi Moi ("rennovation") and recent historical factors that affect business dealings in Vietnam. Though the advice is generally good, one is certain that Mr. Murray would not opine that "a dress would be cooler at most times of the year" (p. 140) if he had ever actually tried to wear a dress at 104 F and 100% humidity. The basic information on business cards, protocol for drinking a beverage, speech patterns, body language, eye contact, etc. appeared to be accurate, though everyone shook hands with me in the Western manner (though less crushing than is sometimes the case in the US) and by the end of the trip those who had spent a lot of time with me were not averse to a goodbye hug.
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