Another handy and inexpensive source of international background
information is the Culturgram published by the David M. Kennedy Center for
International Studies, which is part of Brigham Young University, Provo,
Utah. Each Culturgram is a four-page newsletter, updated every August, that
gives you an easy-to-understand overview of the country of your choice. It
includes customs and common courtesies, along with information about the
people and their lifestyle. References are also included for additional
resources. Currently Culturgrams are available for 142 countries.
By far the most comprehensive source of international customs I know of,
other than taking live protocol training, is the Put Your Best Foot Forward
Series by Mary Murray Bosrock. This four-volume series covering Asia,
Europe, Mexico/Canada, and Russia is an indispensable tool for anyone with
an interest in the global community. It is a must for presenters who want to put
that "fine polish" on their international presentations and actions when visiting
a foreign land.
I especially liked the "Letters" from the people of the individual regions. These personal letters give a great insight into how to act when dealing with the inhabitants of the region. Make this a must purchase when you are leaving the country.
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