Culture Difference Essay

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Culture Difference

The first culture difference that many Japanese find in America is their greeting customs. Although the greeting is one of the simplest human communications, both countries have different methods of greeting each other. Three differences include introduction, self-introduction, and departure. In addition, the main reason for the difference is that Americans use verbal greetings and the Japanese use nonverbal greetings.

First, the order of introduction in the U.S. is the reverse of the Japanese way. In America, generally elderly people are introduced first. For example, one of my friends invited me to his house, and he introduced his father first, then his mother, his older brother, and his young sister. After that
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Almost all American students talk about their family or themselves. For instance, a woman who is a student at St. Cloud State University talked about her Iowa State and her family who are farmers. Then she said that "The crops are mainly potatoes, and my family likes potatoes." Finally, she said that her family is a German line. In contrast, Japanese prefer a deductive method. In other words, Japanese people are likely to talk about where they belong to. For example, the typical Japanese person first talks about his university or his major, then what kind of club they belong to. Finally they usually talk about hobbies or an event that happened recently.

Departures in the American and the Japanese cultures depend on whether people are close or not. Americans just say "bye." Nevertheless if the conditions differ, this departure changes completely in America. In fact, one of my American friends gives a hug or kiss to her family when they leave. In contrast, unlike Americans, who just say "goodbye," generally Japanese make a shallow bow and look back two or three times with their waving hand. Due to the different farewell, every Japanese person who is in America is surprised when they get a hug from an American friend, and they feel Americans are emotional or sentimental. On the contrary, they feel empty and passionless when many Americans say "bye" and just walk away.

Many reason for the differences in greetings are the verbal in
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