Cross-Cultural

You catch more flies with honey: 4 Tips for National Courtesy Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 14th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Global Etiquette, Holiday Season, International Protocol, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette|

Peruvian generosity by pixabay These days, it’s not hard to find impolite individuals. You’ll encounter them at home, school, university and even in the workplace. From snarky comments on social media to combative chatter on the news or simply walking down the street, it can feel like society is less courteous. [...]

France: Relating to the Business Culture

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, France, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Networking, Office Culture, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

Aurel, France by Eric Bauer on flickr France Cultural Dimensions: Reflection of Reality in France With Paris as its heart, France emanates high fashion, inspiring architecture, breathtaking art, fine cuisine and superb wine. In fact, the word “culture” is a French word, derived from the Latin word colere, meaning “to tend to the [...]

Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in Chile: The Land of Poets

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00September 6th, 2018|Career Tips, Chile, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Global Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Travel Tips, Networking, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, South America, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

Las Condes, Santiago by Deensel on flikr Due to the long vertical length of its territory, Chile is country of 7 climates, from tropical deserts in the north to the sub antarctic weather in the south. Also known as the “Land of Poets,” Chile is believed to have won this nickname because of [...]

5 Travel Packing Tips for French Wine Country Excursion

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00August 14th, 2018|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Dining, France, Global Etiquette, Global Tipping, Intercultural, Lifestyle, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Oh France! Producer of eight billions bottles and 53 litres of wine per capita a year, France is a wine’s lover dream destination. A plan to visit France and experience its culture is exciting and on many lifetime “must do” lists. So how do you efficiently pack for 80-90 degree days, afternoons in damp [...]

The Ghost Gala: Obon Festival

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00August 10th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Gala Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Japan, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

The Obon (or Bon) Festival, widely known as the Festival of Souls, commences on August 13th and ends on August 16th this year. This annual Japanese Buddhist three-day festival is dedicated to celebrating Japanese family heritage. The origin begins with a disciple of Buddha, Mokuren (Maha Maudgalyayana), who used his powers to peer [...]

July 4th U.S. Culture Quiz

By |2018-10-11T14:54:21+00:00June 26th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Quiz, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Fireworks detonate above Mount Rushmore National Memorial, July 3. Approximately 30,000 people came to the memorial for the Independence Day Celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Marc I. Lane) From launching fireworks, to poolside fun, and firing-up the grill with family, the Fourth of July is filled with beloved traditions for [...]

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 [...]

Culture Snapshot: France and the SNCF Strikes

By |2018-10-11T14:54:26+00:00April 9th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Europe, France, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Travel|

On April 2, 2018, train platforms across France were packed with passengers hoping to snag a seat on one of the only trains running nationwide. As union members of France’s national railway system (SNCF) began a rolling strike to protest government reforms, over 4.5 million passengers scrambled to find alternative ways to commute and the [...]

National Humor Month: Four Tips for Culturally-Sensitive Humor

By |2018-10-11T14:54:26+00:00April 6th, 2018|avoiding international blunders, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Office Culture, Self-Awareness, US Observances, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

From harmless puns and silly memes, to stereotypical jokes and shady sarcasm, humor is a diverse concept with a slightly different meaning for everyone. Whether you consider yourself a born jokester, or prefer to keep a serious profile, it’s vital to understand humor’s place in a professional environment, especially if the workplace is multicultural. As [...]

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