Asia

Hope You Have a Rice Day! Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:18+00:00September 17th, 2018|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Dining, Intercultural, International Holidays, Japan|

  Rice Field Ha Giang Rice Terraces Vietnam by Maxpixel While National Rice Month is a U.S. celebration, this holiday celebrates the small grain that is responsible of feeding and nurturing more than half the world’s population. No matter your geographical location, income or cultural background, rice is a dish to [...]

Chuseok: How to Celebrate the Korean Way

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, South Korea|

If your business travels in early October take you to Korea, knowledge of the following Chuseok customs will prepare you to engage in intelligent conversation about this traditional harvest festival.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: 4 Ways to Celebrate

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24+00:00April 30th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily, US Observances|

Since 1979, U.S. Americans have celebrated the contributions and culture of Asian-Pacific Americans throughout our country’s history. Originally a ten-day celebration in May, the observance was extended to include the entire month in 1990 as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. May includes many important anniversaries in Asian-Pacific American history, including the first [...]

Golden Week 2018: Honoring the Four Festivals

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24+00:00April 25th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, International Holidays, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

From April 28 to May 6, Japan enjoys a week of historical holidays and lively cultural traditions as the country observes Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク). The National Holiday Laws of 1948 declared four official holidays concentrated at the end of April and the beginning of May. During this period, businesses across Japan enjoyed a rise in [...]

Year of the Dog: Energy, Integrity, and New Connections

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00February 14th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Business Etiquette, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths|

In Eastern Asia, excitement is building as nations prepare to celebrate for a new Zodiac year. Chinese New Year, celebrated on February 16, 2018, brings families together for festivals and feasts during the biggest holiday in many Asian cultures. It holds special  meaning tied to the Zodiac cycle. The Zodiac Cycle is a 60-year period [...]

Picturesque Pyeongchang: Cultural Wonders for Travelers

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29+00:00January 24th, 2018|Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Hosting International Visitors, Intercultural, International Travel Tips, Korea, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Olympics, South Korea, Travel|

Every four years, sports enthusiasts and globetrotters head north to witness world-class athletes compete in the spectacular Winter games. In February 2018, the historic games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a small province nestled in the heart of the Taebaek Mountains. The region’s snowy slopes and pristine scenery are not only the perfect [...]

Keeping Up in Korea: 2018 Travel Tips

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Asia, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Intercultural, Korea, Language and Culture, Olympics, South Korea, Sport Etiquette, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

  From speed skating to Alpine skiing, the Winter Games offer chills and thrills for spectators worldwide. The year’s games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and thousands of sports enthusiasts are gearing up to witness the competition in early February. With so many nationalities represented in the games and in the stands, cultural [...]

Global Gift Giving Customs in the U.S. & Asia

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33+00:00November 24th, 2017|Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, gift-giving, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners|

As part one of several global gift giving posts and in honor of November’s National Gratitude Month, let’s explore how to give the most appropriate and heartfelt gift to your global business partners to show your gratitude.

World Tourism Day: Making the Most of International Experiences

By |2018-10-11T14:54:42+00:00September 27th, 2017|Africa, Asia, Austin, Australia, Brazil, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Canada, Central America, China, Cross-Cultural, Cuba, Culture, Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, global competency, Gracious Living, Gulf City, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, South America, South Korea, Thailand, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States, US Observances|

With so many destinations offering diverse cultural experiences, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for making the most of international trips. Nevertheless, ensuring that you travel with an open mind and a desire to grow is the most important part of any itinerary. In honor of World Tourism Day on September 27, enjoy these four tips to maximize your cultural immersion and create lifelong memories.

One Grain At A Time: Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:43+00:00September 19th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Dining, global competency, India, Observances - Monthly & Daily, South Korea, Thailand|

September is National Rice Month celebrating the harvest of rice, a staple consumed by nearly half of the world’s population. Rice consumption is especially strong in Asian and African countries, however is also common in the Americas. Rice has important social, religious, and cultural significance around the world. If you’re traveling abroad during National Rice [...]

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