In the context of globalization and free trade, business communication has to cut across different cultural identities. These invariably cause cultural barriers that have to be overcome. The relaxed and leisurely pace of the Easterners, the formal and official style of the Britishers, the casual and matter-of-fact nature of the Americans, the thorough nature of the Germans and the extreme courtesy and politeness of expression of the French are all cultural features. It is easy for an American to give his opinion even to his boss whereas decisions and opinions are seldom expressed in the presence of elders and seniors in the East.
Nonverbal Communication : Different Cultures, Different Meanings for Project Teams
7 Cultural Differences in Nonverbal Communication
Non-verbal communication is communication that occurs without words which is continuous. It is body language and environmental context involved in any communication. It is not what is said with words but how it is said and expressed. There are many types of non-verbal communications like eye contact, hand movements, facial expressions, touch, gestures, etc. Non-verbal communication is different from person to person and especially from one culture to another.
Asian American Ethnicity and Communication
Nonverbal communication is an important, learned facet of communication that varies widely by culture. Some gestures that are common friendly gestures in the United States, are seen as offensive in other cultures. For example, in many Asian cultures, it is considered rude to make direct eye contact with other people, especially if they are your superior. While in American culture it is considered to rude to avoid eye contact, people in Asian cultures find it disrespectful to maintain eye contact with someone.
The culture of Asia encompasses the collective and diverse customs and traditions of art, architecture, music, literature, lifestyle, philosophy, politics and religion that have been practiced and maintained by the numerous ethnic groups of the continent of Asia since prehistory. Identification of a specific culture of Asia or universal elements among the colossal diversity that has emanated from multiple cultural spheres and three of the four ancient River valley civilizations is complicated. However, the continent is commonly divided into six geographic sub-regions, that are characterized by perceivable commonalities, like culture, religion, language and relative ethnic racial homogeneity.