Cross Cultural Gift Giving

Cross Cultural Gift Giving

Nothing is more difficult. I’ve heard the story of a businessman from Connecticut who was invited to the wedding of his Chinese partner’s daughter. The American businessman thought it was a good idea to give the bride a Seth Thomas clock, since it was the symbol of...
Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path

There is no more “off the beaten path.” In this era of global travel all paths are sufficiently beaten. About 30 years ago I heard about the pilgrimage route known as St. Jacques de Compostelle in northern Spain. It’s a route you walk and stay at hostels along the...
Immersing Yourself in a Culture

Immersing Yourself in a Culture

There is only one way to immerse yourself in a culture: you have to make an effort to learn the language. Any effort less than learning the language is not immersion. It’s floating on the surface. Sure, you can get to know locals and converse with them in English. You...