Between the Lines: Culture and Business in Asia Essay

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Introduction In my experience learning about Asian business culture one things stands out to me more than any other, the importance of etiquette. In Asia minding your manners and understanding unspoken social cues is just as important, if not more important than making a good business proposition. Accidentally being a little rude can break down a whole business partnership. For every country there are different traditions and different etiquette rules to be followed. Each country also seems to have their very own unspoken set of subtle social cues. The key to being a successful international businessperson seems to be in knowing all of your cultures very well and simply carefully minding your manners.

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Because of this Hierarchical tradition, one should expect questions that to us may seem personal or irrelevant about age, status, and background. Confucian tradition places great value in relationships because of this Koreans may place much importance and value on certain people and places and be loyal to them, they want to do business with people and in places to which they feel personally connected to. Because of this, building good relationships over time is extremely important.
In order to have good business etiquette it is important to be able to use Korean names correctly. Korean names are up of two parts the family name, and a given name, which consists of two syllables. Ones family name always comes first so an example of a Korean name would be as follows: Kim Hyun-Joong. Just like in many other cultures around the world it is polite to use the persons family name along with Mr., Mrs., or Ms. unless you have known the person for an extended period of time and are on a friendly basis. For Koreans when it comes to meetings and appointments one should strive to be on time or maybe just a few minutes early. If you are afraid you might be late due to traffic or some sort of emergency it is always expected of you to call ahead and inform the person with whom you are meeting that you will be late. When first meeting someone it is common to engage in small talk about

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