Culture Crossing Juni 26, 2008Posted by finallywoken in Uncategorized.
Tags: Culture, Forum
Culture Crossing is a place where you could learn about other countries’ culture, custom and etiquettes. Its founder came across my original blog and asked if I could help them filling the blanks in Indonesia or Scotland’s section.
The website consists of 3 parts: basic, business, and students. In each section we would learn to understand how to greet men or women, how to dress properly according the occasion, how to distribute our business cards, what’s considered taboo, and so on.
For example, on Scotland’s section I found out that it is considered rude to turn down a drink offer. Oh gosh, I have done it so many times. Of course I didn’t mean to be rude. I simply couldn’t keep up with others in terms of drinking speed. They drink like inhaling water, and if I did it, I’d be drunk quickly! When you’re in Kazakhstan, for example. don’t even think to hook your two fingers together, as it’s considered as an obscene gesture. Or don’t put your hands in your pockets while talking to someone when you’re in Hungary, as it’s considered rude.
Since I am Indonesian, I told them I’d help with Indonesia. And I thought, ‘piece a cake, what don’t I know about my own country?”.
Well, turns out it wasn’t easy! I don’t have sociology or anthropology background and only had 1 subject about behavioral science back when I was in university. And as far as I know, even though I have lived in Indonesia for over 30 years, I’m not really Indonesian, if you know what I mean. I don’t bow when I speak to the elders, I shake hands with no hesitance and don’t put my palm close to my heart, I hug and cheek-kisses, and other sort of things lots of Indonesians wouldn’t do. No wonder my aunties think I’m rude…
After several hours, I sent the reply to the administrator and said that this was the best I can do. But yes, there are still some blank pages they need to fill. So feel free to contact them to offer your help.
Personally I think the website is useful to help us understanding other countries, especially expatriates who must adjust and adapt their adopted country’s culture quickly.
I am thinking about putting the link of the similar websites on this forum. So if you come across one, please let me know.