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Customs and Culture for the Business Traveler

Yasuhiro Uetani, president of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, North America states that the first step in business relationships is to develop respect and trust with your associates. Take time to learn the customs and culture of your Pacific Rim business destination. The possibilities are limitless when strong relationships are forged. Respecting the local customs shows a sincere interest in developing a meaningful business relationship and can result in greater success.

The First Impression

  • Asian cultures tend to honor formality as a sign of respect, so addressing your host correctly will enhance a first impression.
  • Call the host by his or her surname, together with a title such as "Director Wang," or " Chairman Cheng." Avoid the Western tendency to become too friendly too soon.
  • Asians generally accept the western custom of shaking hands, but do not mistake a weak handshake or lack of eye contact as a lack of assertiveness.
  • The Chinese greet one another with a nod or slight bow.
  • Rank is important and highly valued. The first person to enter the room is the head of the group. Americans should follow this protocol to avoid confusion.
  • Do not interrupt your Chinese host during a presentation. Wait until he/she is finished before posing questions.

Gift Giving

Gift giving shows good manners and respect in many Asian cultures. Gifts indicate that you are interested in building a relationship.

  • In Malaysia or Hong Kong, a business contact does not expect a gift. In China gifts are exchanged once a relationship is established.
  • Despite the transition from British to Chinese rule in July 1997, Hong Kong's business customs are not expected to change.
  • The wrong gift or gift wrap can insult the recipient. A bottle of premium liquor is appreciated in China and Thailand but disfavored by Muslim cultures and religions as in Malaysia or Indonesia.
  • A clock wrapped in elegant white paper is a thoughtful gift in America. In Hong Kong or Malaysia, clocks symbolize the passing of time (i.e. death) and black and white indicate mourning.
  • Do give knives as they represent the severing of relationships, this is especially true in Singapore.
  • Always give and receive gifts with both hands and do not expect gifts to be opened in your presence.

Small Talk

While Americans enjoy a lively political debate, discussing politics is a sign of poor taste in most Asian cultures.

Small talk is a common way to launch successful business meetings and is customary in many Asian countries. Topics include family, health and the local cuisine. Discussing television and sports is also a good way to break the ice.

Body Language

  • In most of Asia, shoes and feet are considered "unclean."
  • In Malaysia, as in many Asian countries, it is offensive to sit cross-legged pointing the soles of your feet toward your hosts. To be safe, always sit with your feet on the floor.
  • Avoid pointing with your index finger. Instead, gesture with your whole hand, palm down.
  • Never touch your hosts head, or pass objects over it, particularly in Thailand, where gesture taboos abound.

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