I spent the first three months of a yearlong trip as Business Insider's international correspondent exploring various parts of Asia. While you are likely to have some cultural mix-ups as an American visiting European countries, it's nothing compared to Asia, where the proper etiquette or behavior often seems to be the complete opposite of what it is in America. That said, there are over 40 countries in Asia, and while there are commonalities, each has a very distinct culture. For example, direct eye contact in America conveys confidence.
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You can read the full report here. Credit: MFAT. Meanwhile in the Philippines, there is a tradition called mano po, where a young person asks for the blessing of an elder by taking the right hand of the elder and placing it on their forehead. Filipinos do this when greeting parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and godparents. The haka, or ceremonial dance, performed by the All Blacks is famous all over the world. Tribes from the Papua province of Indonesia also have different ceremonial dances, including a dance that was performed by warriors before heading into battle. These days, the dances are mainly performed at traditional events and cultural festivals.
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This blog post was also published on MedTech Intelligence. Recently, I introduced a Western medical device company to a distributor in Asia. The owner of the Asian distribution company was Mr. Ben Chu.
The culture of Asia encompasses the collective and diverse customs and traditions of art, architecture, music, literature, lifestyle, philosophy, politics and religion that have been practiced and maintained by the numerous ethnic groups of the continent of Asia since prehistory. Identification of a specific culture of Asia or universal elements among the colossal diversity that has emanated from multiple cultural spheres and three of the four ancient River valley civilizations is complicated. However, the continent is commonly divided into six geographic sub-regions, that are characterized by perceivable commonalities, like religion, language and relative ethnic homogeneity.