Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Celebrity Cruises To Undertake Hawaii Cultural Training

After canceling an advertisement that offended many Hawaiians and acknowledging its poor judgment in running it, Celebrity Cruises today accepted an offer from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) to provide cultural training for its marketing staff.

In a letter sent to the company over the weekend, HVCB President and CEO John Monahan said, "It's likely that this advertisement may have been created and approved by Celebrity Cruises due to a lack of understanding of Hawaii's society, history and traditions. If so, HVCB will be pleased to make arrangements to help educate your marketing staff about our islands."

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How cultural diversity benefits business

The Canadian Norwegian Business Association (CNBA) is organising a breakfast meeting with the theme 'How cultural diversity benefits business'.

Organizations are increasingly realizing that in order to be successful and recruit and retain the best employees, they must value the diversity of their employees and the clients they serve. Many companies and organizations have found that learning to recognize and utilize differences can benefit them. Additionally, in the current global economy, business success is more and more about understanding and nurturing strong relationships with international and multicultural colleagues, customers and clients. At this meeting, Senator Donald H. Oliver will discuss diversity in business - We welcome you to join us.

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Learning Singaporean Business Etiquette

On the 27th September, the Swedish Business Association of Singapore organised a lunch at the Tanglin Club at which ‘cross-cultural communications expert’ Ange Teo gave an informative presentation for more than thirty members.

Ange Teo, who has more than twenty years experience in cross-cultural communications working in multinational companies and Singapore Statutory boards, gave a 30-minute presentation on “understanding cultural-specific behaviour – a guide to Singaporean business etiquette.�?

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Chinese tourists asked to 'improve' etiquette while abroad

Chinese Government has asked its tourists to behave in a "civilised" manner in tune with the communist giant's growing global stature. Beijing launched a campaign yesterday to teach travelers how to behave while they were overseas.

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Etiquette for Girls

Debrett's, the publisher of the decades-old high-society etiquette book "Debrett's Correct Form," has come out with a new book on manners for the modern girl. "Etiquette for Girls" catches up with the times, but still insists there is "proper" behavior for young ladies of the 21st-century. There are, for instance, correct and incorrect ways to conduct an office fling, have an affair or gossip about celebrities.

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What Does It Take to Break the Language Barrier?

Many in the Middle East realize that a fundamental factor of most issues concerning the Arab world and the West is centered on a perpetual problem in communication, with many in the Arab world feeling frustrated because their voices fail to reach the decision-making capitals of the world with little being done to rectify the situation.

In reality, western civil and governmental institutions have been more proactive in their attempts of projecting a better image and message than their Middle Eastern counterparts. In 2003, the U.S. government launched the Arabic language news channel Al Hurra. A number of ambitious projects including a new BBC Arabic news channel, an Arabic version of ‘Russia Today’, and a French government sponsored Arabic news channel are expected to launch in 2007.

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english Language courses 'overwhelmed'

English language teaching is being overwhelmed as it struggles to meet increasing demand from adult migrants and refugees, an inquiry has found. The inquiry by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) found there was a shortage of teachers, providing often inadequate teaching.

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the politics of translation

Visiting another country is not only an opportunity to broaden one’s perspectives, but also to acquire perspectives and insights about another culture, observations that can only come from not being a part of the host culture. As in most situations, being an intrinsic part of something paradoxically provides both depth of understanding, and blind spots, as well. Outsiders, however, are not prone to these blind spots of understanding.

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word of the day: indomitable

indomitable \in-DOM-ih-tuh-buhl\, adjective:
Incapable of being subdued or overcome; unconquerable.

Now, late in his career, when he could no longer pull off all of the individual moves that had once set him apart, it had become increasingly obvious that what had distinguished him was his indomitable will, his refusal to let either opposing players or the passage of time affect his need to win. -- David Halberstam, Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made

Because of his strength and toughness as well as his constant attention to the welfare of his army, his soldiers affectionately called him Old Hickory. Hickory was as tough a substance as they knew, and General Andrew Jackson was, in their minds, indomitable. -- Robert V. Remini, The Battle of New Orleans

Posted by Kwintessential at 4:42 PM
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Monday, October 02, 2006

the dutch are loutish and bad-mannered say the dutch

The Dutch have voted themselves Europe's third most loutish, bad-mannered nation behind Russia and France, according to a survey in Dutch daily De Telegraaf on Saturday.

"As we are too many people living in just a little country our tolerance of one another is continuously declining," wrote one of the survey respondents. But another citizen protested: "The Dutch are very direct in the way they communicate. Sometimes that's considered the same as being bad mannered."

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106 languages in Scottish schools

A study has found that more than 100 languages are currently spoken in Scotland's schools, with at least 12,000 children capable of such diverse tongues as Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, Hebrew, and Hindi.

The report by the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CiLT), said the number of different languages spoken had mushroomed in recent years as a result of increased labour mobility within the EU, immigration, and greater numbers of asylum seekers and refugees coming to Scotland.

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London (Canada): Translation services demand on the rise

As London (Canada) becomes more multicultural, service providers must get comfortable with the idea of using translators to help those in need, a diversity forum was told.

Dozens of service providers from several youth agencies turned out to CPRI last week for a Partners in Diversity workshop to build awareness about translation services. The lively program included a skit of an interview being translated between Dinka and English, a performance by Colombian dancers and a break-time Afghani buffet.

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Business 'lost in translation'

Universities across the UK are to make a major push to encourage more students to learn languages as studies continue to show our society lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to speaking a second language.

Only Hungary is worse at communicating in another tongue, and in what is increasingly a global economy it seems nuts not to be encouraging our young people to learn another language.

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Intercultural Books

Kwintessential have just added a new resources page on their website listing a set of intercultural books that are considered valuable for anyone's reading list.

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:49 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

word of the day: recalcitrant

recalcitrant \rih-KAL-sih-truhnt\, adjective:
Stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.

If they lingered too long, Clarice hurried them along in the same annoyed way she rushed recalcitrant goats through the gate. -- Kaye Gibbons, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon

As Mr. Lincoln and his Union generals insisted on unconditional surrender, the end of slavery, and the specter of an egalitarian nation where race and class were in theory to be subordinate ideas, so recalcitrant Southerners by the summer of 1864 dug in deeper for their Armageddon to come. -- Victor Davis Hanson, The Soul Of Battle

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