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The global etiquette guide to Asia : everything you need to know for business and travel success
Foster, Dean Allen.
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New York : J. Wiley, [2000]

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ix, 341 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Everything You Need to Know for Business and Travel Success

The Global Etiquette Guide to Asia
* Country to country protocols and customs
* International business musts and faux pas
* Dining, hosting, gift giving, and more
* Cross-cultural exploration

The Global Etiquette Series Did you know:
* In Indonesia, you should always present your business card withboth hands?
* You might offend your Japanese hosts by refilling your ownteacupat dinner or forgetting to refill theirs?

In today s high-stakes, highly charged international businessworld, you simply can t afford a misunderstood gesture, anill-placed word, or a misinformed judgment. The Global EtiquetteGuide to Asia shows both business and leisure travelers how tounderstand, appreciate, and manage as well as maximize the benefitsof the myriad cultural differences that can exist between you andyour Asian business hosts.

This fact-filled cultural guidebook provides detailed adviceon:

Dining Drinking Speaking Eye contact Hailing a taxi
Dress Negotiating Gift giving Conducting a meeting
Tipping Holidays Dealing with authorities

Just as customs vary greatly between Asia and the West, so do theyvary among the diverse nations of Asia. What is proper and expectedin Malaysia, for example, may be a deal-breaker in India. TheGlobal Etiquette Guide to Asia will familiarize you with thecustoms, habits, tastes, and mores of every key Asian nation overforty in all and help you guarantee the mutual respect andacceptance that are vital for keeping every international businessrelationship agreeable, effective, and successful. Wiley s GlobalEtiquette Series provides the practical information you need totravel and conduct business in foreign countries and cultures. Eacheasy-to-navigate reference book is filled with helpful hints, do sand don ts, and other rules of the road for travelers of all types.

Author Notes

Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist: the new places encountered in his books are likely to be on another planet, and the people may belong to an alien race.

Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968. His first novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx. Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth. The Tar-Aiym Krang also marked the first appearance of Flinx, a young man with paranormal abilities, who reappears in other books, including Orphan Star, For Love of Mother-Not, and Flinx in Flux.

Foster has also written The Damned series and the Spellsinger series, which includes The Hour of the Gate, The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and Son of Spellsinger, among others. Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies. Splinter of the Mind's Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979. The book Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990. His novel Our Lady of the Machine won him the UPC Award (Spain) in 1993. He also won the Ignotus Award (Spain) in 1994 and the Stannik Award (Russia) in 2000. He is the recipient of the Faust, the IAMTW Lifetime achievement award.

Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was a 2015 New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," or for that matter, when in Turkmenistan do as the Turkmenistans do. The premise of this new series of books by the managing director of Berlitz International is to familiarize the traveler with the various customs of the countries of the world. The books are a fountain of information on dining, business, public behavior, communication, and more. Some important facts to remember: Do not smile in public in Romania or the locals will think you odd. When in Thailand, do not gesture much with your hands or you may find yourself the source of laughter. And be careful in Bulgaria to say quite clearly yes or no because to shake your head from side to side means yes. Those planning a lengthy stay in a foreign country should familiarize themselves with the information in these books. A useful addition to the travel guide genre in all public and academic libraries.DSandra Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Why Getting It Right around the World Is So Importantp. 1
Part 1 The Pacific Rim It's Not What You Say, but How You Say Itp. 9
Chapter 1 The East Asian Cultures: Japanp. 11
Chapter 2 The East Asian Cultures: China, Hong Kong, and Taiwanp. 49
Chinap. 49
Hong Kongp. 79
Taiwanp. 80
Chapter 3 The East Asian Cultures: South Koreap. 82
Chapter 4 The Southeast Asian Cultures: Thailandp. 107
Chapter 5 The Southeast Asian Cultures: Indonesiap. 130
Chapter 6 The Southeast Asian Cultures: The Philippinesp. 157
Chapter 7 The Southeast Asian Cultures: Malaysia and Singaporep. 176
Malaysiap. 176
Singaporep. 178
Chapter 8 The Southeast Asian Cultures of Indochina: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar (Burma)p. 181
Chapter 9 The Australasian Cultures: Australia and New Zealandp. 187
Australiap. 187
New Zealandp. 201
Part 2 South Asia, Central Asia, and Eurasia Intense Incensep. 205
Chapter 10 The South Asian Cultures: Indiap. 207
Chapter 11 The South Asian Cultures: Pakistan and Bangladeshp. 231
Chapter 12 The South Asian Cultures: Sri Lanka and the Himalayan Kingdomsp. 254
Sri Lankap. 254
Nepal and Bhutanp. 257
Chapter 13 The Central Asian Cultures: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistanp. 259
Chapter 14 The Eurasian Cultures: Turkey and the Caucasusp. 263
Turkeyp. 263
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgiap. 281
Part 3 Southwest Asia and the Asian Arab World Holiness and Humilityp. 283
Chapter 15 The Gulf Arab Cultures: Saudi Arabiap. 285
Chapter 16 The Gulf Arab Cultures: The Gulf Coastal States of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Yemenp. 310
Kuwaitp. 310
Omanp. 310
Qatarp. 311
Bahrainp. 311
United Arab Emiratesp. 311
Yemenp. 311
Chapter 17 The Arab Levantine Cultures: Lebanon, Syria, and Jordanp. 313
Lebanonp. 313
Syriap. 313
Jordanp. 314
Chapter 18 The Judaic Levantine Cultures: Israelp. 315
Indexp. 323