• COMMUNICATION: NO PROBLEM?
  • Yesterday,
  • another student and I,
  • representing our university's student association,
  • went to the Capital International Airport to meet this year's international students.
  • They were coming to study at Beijing University.
  • We would take them first to their dormitories and then to the student canteen.
  • After half an hour of waiting for their flight to arrive,
  • I saw several young people enter the waiting area looking around curiously.
  • I stood for a minute watching them and then went to greet them.
  • The first person to arrive was Tony Garcia from Colombia,
  • closely followed by Julia Smith from Britain.
  • After I met them and then introduced them to each other,
  • I was very surprised.
  • Tony approached Julia,
  • touched her shoulder and kissed her on the cheek! She stepped back appearing surprised and put up her hands,
  • as if in defence.
  • I guessed that there was probably a major misunderstanding.
  • Then Akira Nagata from Japan came in smiling,
  • together with George Cook from Canada.
  • As they were introduced,
  • George reached his hand out to the Japanese student.
  • Just at that moment,
  • however,
  • Akira bowed so his nose touched George's moving hand.
  • They both apologized - another cultural mistake!
  • Ahmed Aziz,
  • another international student,
  • was from Jordan.
  • When we met yesterday,
  • he moved very close to me as I introduced myself.
  • I moved back a bit,
  • but he came closer to ask a question and then shook my hand.
  • When Darlene Coulon from France came dashing through the door,
  • she recognized Tony Garcia's smiling face.
  • They shook hands and then kissed each other twice on each cheek,
  • since that is the French custom when adults meet people they know.
  • Ahmed Aziz.
  • ,
  • on the contrary,
  • simply nodded at the girls.
  • Men from Middle Eastern and other Muslim countries will often stand quite close to other men to talk but will usually not touch women.
  • As I get to know more international friends,
  • I learn more about this cultural "body language".
  • Not all cultures greet each other the same way,
  • nor are they comfortable in the same way with touching or distance between people.
  • In the same way that people communicate with spoken language,
  • they also express their feelings using unspoken "language" through physical distance,
  • actions or posture.
  • English people,
  • for example,
  • do not usually stand very close to others or touch strangers as soon as they meet.
  • However,
  • people from places like Spain,
  • Italy or South American countries approach others closely and are more likely to touch them.
  • Most people around the world now greet each other by shaking hands,
  • but some cultures use other greetings as well,
  • such as the Japanese,
  • who prefer to bow.
  • These actions are not good or bad,
  • but are simply ways in which cultures have developed.
  • I have seen,
  • however,
  • that cultural customs for body language are very general - not all members of a culture behave in the same way.
  • In general,
  • though,
  • studying international customs can certainly help avoid difficulties in today's world of cultural crossroads!
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