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The Etiquette of Exchanging Business Cards

Asian Cultural Insights and Tips

By Martha Dahlen of http://mdahlen.com

Introduction: The Chinese character for the Tao is translated as “the Way”; it can refer to a “way” of living as well as a perfectly ordinary street. In Chinese culture, the mundane and the esoteric are seamlessly integrated. To truly understand the principles of Taoist astrology and Feng Shui, one must somehow understand Chinese culture. Awareness of these differences will give you greater understanding and comfort in your dealings with the Asian culture, whether in business or eating with your friends in a restaurant or in their homes.

 The Etiquette of Exchanging Business Cards

When exchanging business cards with an Asian, especially a business person, do so deliberately, showing respect.  The most formal way is with both hands.  Hold the upper corners of the card oriented so that the writing faces the receiver, face him or her, and give it as though presenting a gift.  Similarly, it is most polite to receive a business card with both hands.   In other words, treat the card as representative of the person.
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