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A Crash Course in Asian Business Etiquette
by Angi Ma Wong

Asian Business Etiquette:
Bows, Handshakes, and Exchanging Business Cards

Greeting host at a corporate reception Hotel Okura, Tokyo, Japan

This series will give you the basic information about bowing, handshaking and the exchange of business cards. These three practices seem to be the most perplexing of all business and social practices to those who travel or do business with Asians for the first time. With practice, you will become more accustomed to doing each of these. The more adaptable and "quick on your feet" you are, the less likely you are to be caught off guard. Of course each country varies in style of greetings. Some of the deepest bows can be found in Japan and Korea. In China instead of bowing, executives meet with dignified, respectful and in some cases exuberant handshakes, sometimes in a combination with a very slight bow.

  1. Bowing
  2. What If Someone Bows To You First?
  3. Exchanging Business Cards (Part 1)
  4. Exchanging Business Cards (Part 2)
  5. Shaking Hands:- "The Grip" (Part 1)
  6. Shaking Hands: "The Dead Fish" (Part 2)
  7. Shaking Hands: "The Non-Handshake" (Part 3)
  8. "Silence is Golden"


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