Sunday, August 16, 2009

Online Asian Culture Guide

Cultural misunderstandings can not only embarrassing but also costly. Ask any tourist who has had a run in with the police for "indecency" or "insulting the leader" or any businessman who's business trip ended in a failed deal and made potential clients into enemies.

Dat Nguyen has set out to help travelers understand Asian cultures so that they may avoid unfortunate cultural misunderstandings. His website, Understanding Asian & Chinese Culture and Customs for Travel, and related Twitter feed have useful explanations like Vietnamese chopstick and dinning etiquitte.

The website is still new so it is not complete but instead a living work in progress. Be sure to check this out if China, Vietnam, India, or another Asian country is on your travel list.

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