An opportunity for cultures to get cozy

  • Article by: Jan Sherbin
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 6:51 PM

If we’re puzzled, for instance, by the lack of privacy in Russian restrooms, we should remember that our habits seem odd as well.

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davehougFeb. 4, 14 9:32 PM

Food for thought. I was as amazed at the whole idea of sushi as I am sure the Japanese were at a slab of rare steak. Who would have not laughed at the concept of Lutefisk.....as a church fund-raiser dinner no less. Or the Electoral College for another. Don't vote for the president. Vote for a bunch of guys you don't know so THEY can vote for president :)

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owatonnabillFeb. 5, 14 7:47 AM

Americans can be incredibly parochial. But then again so can people of any culture. On the first visit to the in-laws he, Spousal Unit and several kin decided to stop for gas at a convenience store as modern as anything in America. Restroom time. And sure enough the signs (in English and in Thai) pointed to around the outside corner of the building. Owatonnabill saunters on over and finds himself next to a row of modern urinals--on the OUTSIDE of the building, right next to the highway! Well, "when in Rome" and all that...On the other hand many of the newly-met kin were amazed that Owatonnabill, an American, was not there just to make (shall we say) "conquests", and that he didn't swear every third word and actually bathed! Two cultures learning about each other can be fun.

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panktainterFeb. 5, 1410:26 AM

great stuff

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hobie2Feb. 7, 14 2:13 PM

And those old German toilets with the porcelain pan high above water so you could inspect your leaving - "why, to check on your health, as any responsible person does - you people do, don't you?" - before flushing. Or the urinal post behind the open-to-the-knee screen in Paris main streets -- open for air circulation, as any civilized person knows, and most of wood "but, of course, for health" but some more ornate... or in an auto-stop eaterie on the French "autobahn" outside Paris with the female attendant for the "men's" rest room, me standing at a urinal, with a woman coming to use a stall and another woman coming in calling out her boyfriend's name... Or looking for supper at 7 o'clock in southern France and Spain and finding restaurants never open before 9 pm / 11 pm... Not exactly Paris, Texas... Just their way then.

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