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Asian Gestures

Asian Pacific Cultural Values

  • Unquestioning respect for authority. One is taught to respect those who lead, to be loyal, trustworthy and to follow through on assignments.
  • Patriarchial authority of the elder. The parents define the law and the children are expected to abide by their requests and demands. The father is generally authoritarian, distant and reserved but his position is respected.
Thumb Up Gesture

Thumb Up Gesture

  • Extended family – an extension of filial piety. Asians in the past have valued large families. Extended family included the immediate family and relatives. it is the responsibility of the family members to provide for the elders. in the Asian family, as one approaches old age, it is the beginning of relaxation and respect.
  • Loyalty to family. Independent behavior that may disrupt the harmony of the family is highly discouraged.
  • Concept of shame. One must not bring dishonor or disgrace to one’s self or family.. Also, this concept is used as a controlling factor in the behavior of the family.
  • Vertical authority – Goes from top to bottom in the extended family. One is not encouraged to criticize or confront an individual publicly.
  • Father and son relationship is important because sons are valued to continue on the family name.
  • Control of emotions, self- discipline and self- control is emphasized. This suppression of emotions gave rise to the stereotypical nation of “the inscrutable Asian.” One should only speak when spoken to, speak only if one has something important to say, have inner stamina/strength to tolerate crises, be a solid performer and not show any emotion.
  • Asian women are expected to carry on domestic duties, marry and have children.
  • Education is highly valued. Children learn to obey at home and are expected to do so at school. They are taught to follow all the rules and regulations, respect authority and to spend all of their time studying to obtain high grades. Scholastic achievement is highly prized and co-curricular activities are given low priority,
  • Group consensus is valued in the decision-making process. Collective decision-making, collective responsibility and teamwork are stressed. Rugged individualism is not esteemed.
  • Interdependence not individualism is valued. Put group/family needs before individual needs.
  • Perserverance, conformity, loyalty, hard work and frugality are values sough after.
  • Fatalism. Acceptance of ambiguity and uncertainty. Willingness to be patient accept things are they are.
  • Humbleness. The visibility of the group not the individual is stressed. Power is shared collectively. Not polite to accept public recognition or to call attention to oneself. Hard work will be recognized and rewarded.
  • Success syndrome. Becoming successful is paramount. Find the safest and least visible routes to success. Choose careers that are safe but respectable. Fear of failure and fear of brining shame to the family are dominant forces. Risk taking is not encouraged. Success = Stability/Respectability.
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Ok gesture is common in Asian


Common Asian Gestures

  1. Handshaking
  2. Bowing
  3. Avoid direct eye contact
  1. To beckon someone, the palm faces downward and the fingers are moved in a scratching motion.
  2. Avoid using fingers in pointing to an object.
  1. Not touch oriented societies
  2. Avoid public display of affection
  3. Pushing (bumping) in crowds
  1. Respect to elderly people
  2. Smiling often can cover a gamut of emotions: happiness, anger, confusion, apology, or sadness.
  3. Displaying an open mouth (such as yawning or a wide-open laugh) is considered rude, especially with women who cover their mouths when giggling or laughing.
  4. Try to maintain a balanced posture, stand or sit erectly or squarely. Don’t slouch or put on the ground with arms in the lap or on the armrest. Crossing the legs at the knees or ankles is the preferred form rather than with one ankle over the other knee.
  5. Silence (listening) is a sign of politeness and of contemplation. During conversations, be especially careful about interrupting.
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