Cultural Experience Report
Companies arebecoming more culturally diverse as they expand into other countries.Consequently, employees are encouraged to increase theircross-cultural awareness to promote healthy working relationships.The institutions of higher learning churn out the graduates who workfor the companies (Hemmert, Bstieler & Okamuro, 2014). Therefore,training the students on cultural diversity and awareness can givethem a head start in the future careers. The paper is a report oncultural experience I had when I attended the Korean culturalfestival.
I observed thatKoreans had a high tendency to avoid a public show of emotions. Forexample, the Koreans keep their tone low while conversing in publicplaces. Similarly, the Koreans will never laugh loudly in public orshout at another over a disagreement (Hemmert, Bstieler &Okamuro, 2014). Therefore, I concluded that Koreans are well manneredin public places. Furthermore, during a video display, I learned thatKoreans never scramble into the buses. Notably, the video had peopleforming a long line in the snowy street waiting for a bus. A singlebus arrived, and the people did not shovel to get to the bus, it wasvery orderly. Therefore, I concluded the Koreans are peaceful andwell behaved.
Notably, inKorean culture, if a girl sits on a lap of another girl or holds handwhile walking in public, it is acceptable. Usually, it is interpretedas a bond of friendship among them. It is different to the Americanculture, which could mean the two are transgenders (Autio, Pathak &Wennberg, 2013).
During theircommunications, eye contact is interpreted to mean rudeness or achallenge. Therefore, when communicating with a senior person, theKoreans will bow and keep the head low. Essentially, it is a show ofrespect to the seniors.
In addition,within the Korean culture, two heart signs mean the person isoverjoyed. On the other hand, one heart sign implies the person ishappy but not thrilled. Notably, in Korean culture, making an X signwith the hands or folding the arms suggest whatever one is lookingfor is not available.
Important alsoto note, in the Korean culture it is inappropriate to touch strangersof the opposite sex. Therefore, unless they know the person, mostKoreans will keep a distance from strangers (Autio, Pathak &Wennberg, 2013). Furthermore, communication with strangers is limitedto directions and offering help.
In the Koreanculture, it is inappropriate to exaggerate emotions. For example, ifa person smiles widely in public, he or she is seen as being shallow.It is a stark contrast with western cultures where smiling isinterpreted to mean politeness and friendliness.
The Korean likesto maintain distance in formal situations. Showing closeness orinformal contact situations are considered inappropriate. Therefore,it is unlikely to see people hugging each other in an officialmeeting (Knell, Aronsson & Amundsen, 2014).  In the Westernculture, such actions as hugging are interpreted to mean friendlinessbefore and after the meeting. Furthermore, it could say the meetingwas cordial, and a deal was struck.
The ethnic foodis called kimichi and consists of fermented vegetables as themain ingredients. Almost all foods in Korea are served with kimichi.Notably, nearly all ceremonies in Korea culture must involve eatingfood. Sharing of kimichi signify generosity and friendship. However,fast food is now replacing traditional ones like kimichi (Perry,2014).
In conclusion,non-verbal cues are important aids in communication. However, theperson using them must understand their differences in meaning acrosscultures. Therefore, understanding different cultures is important incommunication. In Korean culture, observing personal space is key inall communication. In addition, people are not supposed to showemotions such as kissing and hugging in public.
Perry, S. (2014). Recasting Red Culture in Proletarian Japan:Childhood, Korea, and the Historical Avant-Garde. Honolulu:University of Hawaii Press.
Autio, E., Pathak, S., & Wennberg, K. (2013). Consequences ofcultural practices for entrepreneurial behaviors. Journal ofInternational Business Studies, 44(4), 334-362.
Hemmert, M., Bstieler, L., & Okamuro, H. (2014). Bridging thecultural divide: Trust formation in university–industry researchcollaborations in the US, Japan, and SouthKorea. Technovation, 34(10), 605-616.
Knell, S., Aronsson, P., & Amundsen, A. B. (2014). Nationalmuseums: New studies from around the world. Routledge.
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