Are you interested in visiting Asia in the near future? What do you know about the Asian cultures? Is there anything? It is always a good idea to learn as much as you can about the local culture of whatever country you are visiting. Especially if you are visiting it for the first time. When visiting an Asian country, keep the following tips in mind, so you avoid embarrassment and gain points for proper use of etiquette.
1. Don’t stick chopsticks upright in food.
If you are invited to a dinner and have to use chopsticks, keep in mind that you should never stick them upright in food – whatever it is you are having. The reason for this warning is that in the Asian cultures chopsticks sticking out of a bowl remind people a funeral practice where incense is offered to the deceased. People are very cautious of everything having to do with death in the Asian countries so keep this one in mind.
2. Don’t be arrogant.
By arrogant we mean that in Asia it isn’t customary to simply say “thanks” when someone pays you a compliment. It sounds counter-intuitive, but you should downplay the situation and be humble instead. When someone congratulates you on a job well done, you need to respond that it wasn’t all that good and thank the person giving the compliment even though your output wasn’t all that good.
3. Don’t point fingers.
When you visit Asia for the first time, you are likely to head out to get some souvenirs. A word or precaution, plenty of Asian countries consider pointing the finger rude. So, in order to stay on the safe side, you should use your thumb for pointing and not your index finger. That will take some practice but it will be seen as a sign of respect and that, after all, is highly valued in Asia.
4. Limiting physical contact with the opposite sex.
This probably isn’t surprising to you, but public displays of affection aren’t appreciated in Asian cultures. These countries are still conservative. It is all about respect so when you take a Chinese woman out on a date keep this tip in mind.