I have lived here for four years now and have made a number of local friends. I have to put my hand up here and I say I don't know about some of these no-no's. And some of them I do know about, and probably do without being aware of it - like pointing with fingers.QRM wrote: Lets not blame just the locals westerners are sometimes just as ignorant to local customs and manners here are some examples
Giving white flowers, wearing gold at royal functions, black at weddings, not looking at name cards, paying with one hand, pointing using your fingers, exposing the soles of your feet, no concept of face etc. in fact there should be a separate thread on what locals find very rude about expats.
The face concept is one that I just cannot get my head around (pun not intended). It seems that there is an assumption that certain people have the right to make others lose face. Local business practices, for instance, see managers or supervisors (sometimes not even that much more senior) shout, berate and belittle people and this is accepted.
Paying with one hand?
Soles of the feet?
Gold at royal functions? (what is that anyway?)
Black at weddings? (What if it's a "black tie" event?)
So what else do expats do that is considered rude, appalling or just weird? (And can someone explain the points above, please? )