Smartjob.com knows you face international culture everyday. With Hong Kong’s history as a trade port, it has seen more cultural exposure than most other places in Asia. When conducting business, cross-cultural understanding is crucial. It is easy to cause unintended offense with miscommunication based on a traditional background.
When dealing with coworkers and clients from other places of the world, you should be aware of important cultural differences. In places like Germany, Scandinavia, and Australia, verbal communication is weighted heavily and conversation can sometimes be characterized as blunt. This is not the case in high-context Asian cultures where information is delivered less directly, sometimes relying on the unsaid message. In addition, the fast-paced nature of Hong Hong may result in employees like yourself finding mainland business too slow. Another example is the handshake: a polite Asian handshake could appear limp to someone from North America where the strength of the handshake effects how assertive you seem.
Intercultural training and awareness can help foster successful international business. Social and business practices can be researched online for more intricate explanations of cultural differences. Gain insights into the conduct of coworkers, this is the first step to fostering a tolerant and sensitive workplace. Together, people of many backgrounds can work well when placed in a safe environment. Just remember to be aware and let your colleagues help guide you to proper cultural behavior.
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Culture is the cornerstone to business. Daniel de Lange of Asia Capital Holdings shares the importance of cultural understanding. Simple steps to better understanding. This is the third episode of a 7 part though leader series sponsored by ServCorp Smart Offices. http://blog.servcorp.com.hk
Martial Arts(Wushu) is about balance, speed and power. It is a physical sport but spiritual training is equally important. Hundreds of the best Martial Arts athletes around Hong Kong will gather in Kowloon Park Sports Centre this weekend to compete in the 2008 Hong Kong Wushu Competition. If you don’t want to miss all the spectacular and stunning moves, stay tuned with http://www.so-u.tv/playVideo.php?contestid=&id=4118
SO-U.TV A group of young emerging artists transforms Shanghai Street Artspace into an “art-mail-box”, collecting expressive and reflective letters in relation of the Yau Ma Tei district milieu full of devoutness. Three groups of artists hang around lanes and alleyways to explore both the unique scenarios, which are in the diminishing condition under the shadow of rapid economical development. http://www.so-u.tv/
The closing party of the Skin:Inks exhibition on July 10 had to be the coolest Hong Kong party in many months. Party goers, celebrities, über-cool tattooed guys and gals packed Cliq nightclub to celebrate skin art and raise funds for the Kely Support Group. So-u.Tv’s team was there to catch all the action including Phat Chan from 24 Herbs getting a tattoo by Gabe, David Beckham’s tattoo artist. See it all at http://www.so-u.tv/playVideo.php?id=1888
A Hong Kong festival celebrating victory against evil ending by climbing a tower made of pastry buns and grabbing as many as possible? Well if that doesn’t sound like fun, what does? Cheung Chau Bun Festival celebrates an ancient event when Cheung Chau’s residents disguised themselves as different deities to drive away evil spirits. On May 12, the SO-U.TV team was on the island to take in all the mayhem. Go to http://www.so-u.tv/playVideo.php?contestid=&id=620 to watch the highlights of the day.
Osage Gallery is one of Hong Kong’s most respected. With locations on Hong Kong Island and Kwun Tong they provide a generous breadth of experience. The space in Kwun Tong, located in a revitalised industrial area, alternates between Art Foundation, not for profit exhibitions, and installations of spectacular commercial artists. The dramatic space is unique to Hong Kong that is used to precious little space. This enourmous warehouse style gallery has 14 foot tall ceilings and one wall that stretches 128 uninterrupted feet. Osage Gallery combines their installations with guest speaker and other educational activities to provide experienced and new art enthusiasts a well rounded and rich experience. For more information visit http://www.osagegallery.com. English with Chinese subtitles.
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