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Going Dutch in Beijing: How to Behave Properly When Far Away from Home Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805086765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805086768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School—The information collected here is not only important for those who need to know how to behave when far away from home. It is also a primer for helping to understand people from distant countries who may be living next door. Many ancient traditions can seem bizarre and humorous to outsiders; the author presents numerous instances of personal traits of Americans that are thought to be strange abroad. This is not just a matter of knowing that how we wave hello in the United States may be taken as an insulting gesture in Greece. The person standing so close to you in the checkout line may be unaware that you consider that rude since it is natural to him. An understanding of what is "normal," then, is culturally based. The unique customs and rituals described here are a wonderful introduction to seeing beyond ourselves to the beauty in the variety of human experience. Teens can use this title as a reference book for deciphering lifestyles.—Will Marston, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Mark McCrum has visited six of the seven continents (not Antarctica), and written several books. He has been mugged in Rio, picnicked on a glacier in Chilean Patagonia, and lunched with the King of the Zulus, a strict teetotaler, whose manners were impeccable. McCrum lives in London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valsecchi Andrea on October 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book has not been written for those who believe in globalization and offers a perfect panorama that drive you through the culture differences around the world. Mark perfectly demostrates that the basic concept of the values sharing is the respect between those differences and not their refuse generated by the ready-to-use tips of daily media's opinions.
Excellent job, not only for businessmen far away from home.
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By Ryan Devlin on December 21, 2012
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This is a great book for the world traveler or the traveling soul alike. I myself don't travel as often as I wish I could, but this book is a nice read for someone like me who likes knowing those random facts that are great icebreakers. I think that my favorite part of the book is the index, as the author tells you that this book is not a guide per-say as it is a guide rail. It's not something to follow to the letter, but a good reference when needed.
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my friend mentioned me this book a few moons ago, and me being a curious traveler thought the book may be useful on my travels, but unfortunately, most of the tips mentioned in the book only works if you plan to stay abroad for a long period of time, which means the need to be intimate with the locals is paramount which obviously not needed if your only in their country for a little sightseeing.

but for entertainment value, the book has been my companion to short bathroom breaks till i finished it 3 months after buying it.
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