RE: Article: "EXCLUSIVE: Help Wanted -- 'Arrogant Americans' Need Not Apply" AND THIS IS FOR A TECHWRITER

Subject: RE: Article: "EXCLUSIVE: Help Wanted -- 'Arrogant Americans' Need Not Apply" AND THIS IS FOR A TECHWRITER
From: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 13:11:41 -0500


Um, the "Orient"?? Mr FOO? Really?

> Those who have a bit of understanding of the Orient should be able to see exactly what the ad-writer intended, though. Standard American directness, common in American business, often fails in the Orient.
>
> "So, Mr. Foo, may we sign you up for an order of 100,000 widgets?"
>
> "I am thinking that might be a good idea." (This is a polite way to express "NO". No, itself, is impolite.)
>
> Later, on the phone to the States, "Harry, Stan here. Tool up for 100,000 widgets. We got the order." (No, you did not. Not at all.)
>
> We've only set the stage for Stan's eventual discussion with Mr. Foo, who will still try to remain polite while Stan calls him a liar.
>
> The main problem with the ad is that arrogant Americans who are culturally unsuited to the Orient will not see themselves as members of the excluded class.
>
> -Peter Neilson
>
>
>
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References:
Article: "EXCLUSIVE: Help Wanted -- 'Arrogant Americans' Need Not Apply" AND THIS IS FOR A TECHWRITER: From: Jon Leer
Re: Article: "EXCLUSIVE: Help Wanted -- 'Arrogant Americans' Need Not Apply" AND THIS IS FOR A TECHWRITER: From: neilson

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