THE TRAVELERS' GUIDE TO ASIAN CUSTOMS AND MANNERS by Elizabeth & Nancy L. Braganti Devine

THE TRAVELERS' GUIDE TO ASIAN CUSTOMS AND MANNERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A traveler's handbook designed to ameliorate some of the inscrutability of the Orient and smooth over difficulties in the antipodes. This guide gives particular emphasis to appropriate social behavior in 11 Asian nations plus Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. Included are the proper way to greet people, acceptable topics for conversations, how to behave in public (with much stress on hand gestures and body Chinese, Indonesian or whatever). There are also detailed sections on how to handle business negotations in the various countries and how to conduct oneself when invited to a private home. Also laid out in detail is the more usual stuff of the genre: what to expect in the way of hotels, restaurants, transportation, telephones, shopping, tipping, etc. The chapter on the People's Republic (never Mainland on the mainland) of China is particularly good in explicating the often confusing regulations that enmesh both business and pleasure travelers. As one proceeds from country to country, however, considerable repetition becomes apparent, e.g., not to eat with the left hand in India, Malaysia and so on; never to touch a Buddhist monk wherever he may be, or to pat Asian children on the head. An immutable checklist of some value to Trans Pacific travelers.

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 1987
Publisher: St. Martin's