Thursday, November 26, 2009
Protocol, Culture and the American People
When I came to America I learnt quickly that while I spoke english (a tich better than many), I was from a different culture. But I learnt to fit in. You know the saying, "when in Rome". There are many things that Americans do that would be considered offensive in my culture, but I am in YOUR country and therefore go with the flow.
I have encouraged many young people that before they go exploring the world, learn about that countries culture and what is offensive to them. Remember you are in THEIR country and certain things are not acceptable. Hint: in Europe water is NOT standard on the table in a restaurant, it will cost you extra - water is treasured - buy the water and shut up and for heavens sake please do not say "In America we don't have to pay for water". It will be a guarantee that your food will be "tainted".
America was founded on many different cultures. We are the melting pot. So why is it that I find many are less accepting of others. Is it because they do not believe the same and therefore are wrong? Just think of how many wars, fights, arguments and bitch slaps could have been prevented if we just took the time to learn from others. What a great idea, now who would I write to?