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Understanding Gift-Giving in South Korea

Oh my god, this is too funny. http://waegukin.com/5-weirdest-things-about-korea.html#Gift-giving I don’t understand gift-giving in Korea, and suspect I never will – I think perhaps you have to be raised in this country to understand the complex expectations and mutual reciprocities surrounding…

How is Chinese sarcasm different from Western sarcasm?

Very interesting description of several forms of (usually tolerated) sarcasm used in China to subvert authority without getting into trouble. 借古諷今 "using the past to make fun of the present". E.g. criticizing an emperor from 2,000 years ago to criticize the current administration. 指桑罵槐 "make an…

High and Low Context Cultures

I'd never heard of this before, pretty interesting! In anthropology, high-context culture and low-context culture are ends of a continuum of how explicit the messages exchanged in a culture are and how important the context is in communication. The continuum pictures how people communicate with…

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