THE NEW GLOBAL WE.

Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands?

Posted in 1324 by Harsha on November 16, 2009

Ah, the venerable ironic headline made so famous by our dying newspapers. Thank you for the standing ovation for my direct reference to the seminal work on international culture. Of course it is now back as a hot topic thanks to the President of the United States Barack Obama bowing to the Japanese Emperor.

El President gets a good ol’s Colbert Bump from me. As far as my half-baked knowledge of the Japanese culture goes, there are three types of bows. A shallow one is reserved for peers, a medium bow for elders and more-important-than-oneself people and a third deeper bow made only to the Emperor of Japan. Take that Sean Insanity.

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