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Old 07-29-2014, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Asian cultures are very different from the West. And within Asia, cultures varies from country to country. Which country are you from? Which countries have you visited? And tell us about the biggest culture shocks you've encountered on these countries.

Let me start.

While having a table drinking session:

In Taiwan, it is informal to just grab your beer or wine and drink it. You have to look for someone within the table to toast with before you drink yours.

In South Korea, it is informal to let people pouring in beer/wine in his own glass. You have to hold the glass for your friend while he's pouring his drinks.

I'll add some more if I recall them
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Macao
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In South Korea, it is informal to let people pouring in beer/wine in his own glass. You have to hold the glass for your friend while he's pouring his drinks.
You have your information all mixed up and jumbled around, and just a bit inaccurate.

Actually, in South Korea, its stronger than just informal, it's more like downright rude, or completely unacceptable. It's a show of disrespect.

It's also the other way around, you pour the drink for your friend. (Not he pours his drink, and you hold the glass). You pour for him/her into his/her glass.

Also, you don't have to hold on to the glass. As long as you have some kind of hand contact with it. You can just touch the outer rim of the glass with your finger tips even.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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You pour the drink for your friend. (Not he pours his drink, and you hold the glass). You pour for him/her into his/her glass.
But who is the person that should pour the drinks? The smallest one? The youngest one?
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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You have your information all mixed up and jumbled around, and just a bit inaccurate.

Actually, in South Korea, its stronger than just informal, it's more like downright rude, or completely unacceptable. It's a show of disrespect.

It's also the other way around, you pour the drink for your friend. (Not he pours his drink, and you hold the glass). You pour for him/her into his/her glass.

Also, you don't have to hold on to the glass. As long as you have some kind of hand contact with it. You can just touch the outer rim of the glass with your finger tips even.
Oops! Thanks for the correction!

I had a series of drinking session with a Korean friend when I was Seoul 2 years ago and my friend explains this to me to which I can't really understand since he was talking English with hard Korean accent. Anyway, he told me we're NOT gonna drink the Korean way so I feel relieved haha!

The next thing I know, I was pouring soju in my glass, I saw him holding (slightly touch) my glass.

Funny thing for me was in Taiwan. I'm about to gulp my beer when suddenly a Taiwanese friend stopped me and say, "don't drink by yourself, ask somebody to drink with you!". The culture shock was in my face. Anyway he is a one of the closest friend/colleague so replied "go get your beer and let's toast to it". The sad part for me, we were like 10 in the table and I'm the only Filipino. Everyone was talking to me and drink the beer with me. I ended up the most drunk that night
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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^ What are some differences between Thai and Chinese customs, Davy?
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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Oops! Thanks for the correction!

I had a series of drinking session with a Korean friend when I was Seoul 2 years ago and my friend explains this to me to which I can't really understand since he was talking English with hard Korean accent. Anyway, he told me we're NOT gonna drink the Korean way so I feel relieved haha!

The next thing I know, I was pouring soju in my glass, I saw him holding (slightly touch) my glass.

Funny thing for me was in Taiwan. I'm about to gulp my beer when suddenly a Taiwanese friend stopped me and say, "don't drink by yourself, ask somebody to drink with you!". The culture shock was in my face. Anyway he is a one of the closest friend/colleague so replied "go get your beer and let's toast to it". The sad part for me, we were like 10 in the table and I'm the only Filipino. Everyone was talking to me and drink the beer with me. I ended up the most drunk that night
Haha...it's a pity I wasn't able to socialise with a group of Taiwanese when I was there, they seem pretty friendly! (Moreso than HK and China at least).
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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If any of you have been to both Japan and South Korea, which place did you guys feel to be more strict?(Rules, mannerisms, etiquette, etc.)
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:19 PM
 
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Haha...it's a pity I wasn't able to socialise with a group of Taiwanese when I was there, they seem pretty friendly! (Moreso than HK and China at least).
Yes, indeed friendly. But you'll slightly feel that they have this little superiority compex over China.

I found people from China more humble though.

I don't want to generalize HK people but a close friend from HK admit that they are indeed rude. He responded to a sitaution like "this can't be happened in HK or else, people will kick you in your butt".
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:23 PM
 
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In Malaysia, I went to fastfood chain and ordered fried chicken rice and potato wedge. They served it to me without any utensils (spoon and fork). I managed to get spoon but they feel sorry for not having fork. To which I said it's fine.

Then I look around other tables and found people eating fried chicken by their hands
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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In Malaysia, I went to fastfood chain and ordered fried chicken rice and potato wedge. They served it to me without any utensils (spoon and fork). I managed to get spoon but they feel sorry for not having fork. To which I said it's fine.

Then I look around other tables and found people eating fried chicken by their hands
Well it's a finger food right ?

In China, atleast they would give you plastic gloves when you eat with your hands
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