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United States

Cultural  Diversity

By Rene' Howard III

Bangladesh

United States

 

LOCATION: North America & The Caribbean

GOVERNMENT:  Constitution-based federal republic.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English

 

MAJOR RELIGION(S): Protestant


MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS:White and Black

 Basic Info 

Bangladesh

 

LOCATION: Asia

GOVERNMENT:  Parliamentary Democracy

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Bangla

MAJOR RELIGION(S):  Muslim


MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS: Bengali

  • Greetings                          Videos and Other Stuff
  • Communication Style
  • Personal Space
  • Eye Contact
  • Views of Time
  • Gender Issues
  • Gestures
  • Taboos
  • Law and Order

Culture Reference:

    Basics             

United States

 

  •  Man greeting Man=Handshake
  • Woman greeting Woman= Hug
  • Man greeting Woman= Handshake

Greetings

Bangladesh

 

  • Man greeting Man=  Handshake
  • Woman greeting Woman=Hug
  • Man greeting Woman= Handshake

 

United States

 

Talks in a polite informal Manner

Communication Styles

Bangladesh

 

Depends on degree of acquaintance

United States

 

2-3 ft of personal space

Personal Space 

Bangladesh

 

An arm's length or more

United States

 

Direct eye contact in conversations

Eye Contact

Bangladesh

 

Maintain eye contact for a shrt period of time

United States

Expect Things to be on time

 

Views of Time

Bangladesh

Don't care about things being on time

United States

Equality

Gender Issues

Bangladesh

Depending on area, women's Rights are established or they don't exist

 

United States

  • Ok signs and thumbs up= Good
  • Whistling at events=sign of appreciation
  • Waving= goodbye or greeting
  • Raising middle finger=offensive

Gestures

 Bangladesh 

  • Thumbs up= Rude
  • removes shoes
  • shaking head=Yes
  • nodding head=No

United States

  • racial discrimination
  • Spitting in public

Taboos

Bangladesh

  • Kissing or hugging
  • Smoking in front of elders
  • Never use left hand to give/receive 

United States

  • Legal drinking age=21 years old
  • legal smoking age=18-21 years old
  • drug laws=strict

Law & Order

Bangladesh

  • Drinking=Illegal
  • Legal smoking age=15 years old
  • Drugs more available

United States

  • Waiter salaries=low
  • valet=$5 in tips
  • housekeepers=$5 or more each day

Video & Other Stuff

Bangladesh

N/A

  • Dress
  • Titles + Business Cards
  • Mettings
  • Negotiations
  • Gift Giving
  • Miscellaneous

Culture Reference:

Business

United States

  • Men: Business suit 
  • Women: Dress or business suit

Dress

Bangladesh

  • Men: Dark colored suits
  • Women: Business dress

United States

  • Begins calling people by title
  • no big deal about business cards

Titles + Business Cards

Bangladesh

  • Title is important
  •  Uses surname
  • Treats card with respect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

  • Time is valued
  • Little time for small talk
  • Schedules are normal
  • Don't Take long time

Meetings

Bangladesh

  • Arrive on time
  • Begins with small talk
  • Schedules= rare
  • Lengthy

United States

  • Final decisions made
  • Hard selling tactics                                             

Negotiations

Bangladesh

  • Avoid hard selling, pressure tactics
  • Decisions made                                  

United States

  • Not common at meetings
  • In American homes, good gifts= wine and flowers

Gift Giving

Bangladesh

  • not common at meetings
  • Good gifts=Sweets
  • Gifts are to be opened in private
  • Give/receive gifts with both hands

United States

N/A

Miscellaneous

Bangladesh

N/A

Culture Reference:

Students

  • Class Rules
  • Socializing
  • Miscellaneous

United States

  • Dress code=casual
  • Plagiarism=serious and strict
  • Lecture= Common form of teaching
  • Rude to blow nose when teacher is talking

Class Rules

Bangladesh

  • Men and boys dress code=Pants or shorts and traditional dress for special events.
  • Women and girls dress code= Dress
  • Lecture and discussion= Form of teaching

United States

  • Care about campus parties, going to bars, discos, and sporting events
  • Drink alcohol
  • Always with friends

Socializing

Bangladesh

  • Holding hands=Negative
  • Don't Agree with PDA
  • Smoking= allowed but rare

United States

N/a

Miscellaneous

Bangladesh

N/a

1. The greetings, eye contact, gender issues, how they dress up for work, how people should address other people, how they settle negotiations, and gift giving are the same.

 

2. The communication style, personal space, views of time, gestures, taboos, Law & order, videos, meetings, class rules, and how they socialize are different.

 

3. I would not take a business trip to Bangladesh. The reason is that the people in Bangladesh is strict. Their gestures are weird. I would mess up and use my left hand instead of my right. I don't want to be surrounded by drug dealers. Bangladesh is not a safe place.

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