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United States Cultural Etiquette

American culture regularly falls victim to stereotyping and belittlement, arguably thanks to its portrayal in Hollywood films and US television serials. As with all cultures, the image presented to the world is rarely representative. America is not simply a nation of baseball cap wearing, fast-food eating, obnoxious sports fans. Rather the United States has a culture […]

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Hand Gestures That Are Offensive in Other Countries

Just because a hand gesture is safe to do in the United States doesn’t mean it’s safe to do in foreign countries. Doing any one of these normally innocent gestures in the wrong place could start a fight or even land you in jail! Crossed Fingers Horns Sign OK Sign Thumbs Up While crossing your […]

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Italian Society And Culture

Appearances matter in Italy. The way you dress can indicate your social status, your family’s background, and your education level. First impressions are lasting impressions in Italy. The concept of ‘bella figura‘ or good image is important to Italians. They unconsciously assess another person’s age and social standing in the first few seconds of meeting them, often before any […]

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American Society and Culture

The United States is the most diverse country in the world. People from all over the world have immigrated to the United States. Therefore, it is very difficult to define a typical American, as there is no such thing. However, a majority of the current Americans are of European descent; therefore, the description below is primarily with […]

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Traditions and Customs of the United States

American culture encompasses the customs and traditions of the United States. “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things,” said […]

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Indonesia: Etiquette and Cultural Sensitivity

Indonesia is an archipelagic state located in South East Asia. Primarily an Islamic society, Indonesia also has a considerable population of those that follow the Hindu faith, as well as around 300 diverse ethnic groups. There is also a sizeable Chinese-Indonesian population, in which case Chinese customs and etiquette tends to be the norm. But […]

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Indonesia’s Social Structure

The Indonesian culture originated from the farming activities of the indigenous people. It was influenced by the waves of traders from India, China, Saudi Arabia and Europe which brought along their religious teachings. Customs and Traditions Whilst unity has been a result of history, different cultures are based on many different ethnic groups found throughout […]

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Indonesia’s Social Customs, Norms And Etiquette

Comprised of over 17,000 islands and with a national motto of ‘Unity in Diversity’, Indonesia’s society can be very varied. Though known as being friendly and open as a country and people, awareness of customs and traditions may ease any culture shock, and it’s always good to be shown making the effort. If coming from […]