One of the greatest benefits of working across cultures, aside from the terrific people, is the fabulous food we are privileged to enjoy. I’m sure most of you agree, as some of our food posts have proved to be popular entries on this blog:
- French Food Culture Selling Men’s Underwear
- Food Speaks in Many Tongues
- The Squid Has Been Fried: Chinese Food Culture
- Ukiuki, Pichipichi, Pinpin: Japanese Food Onomatopeia
- Bicycling in the Yogurt: the French Food Fixation
In the 90-second video below, Joe Lurie, author of Perception and Deception: A Mind Opening Journey Across Cultures, tells the story of a Fulbright Scholar who spoke five languages, yet refused to sit next to Japanese colleagues during meals.
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