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CultureShock! Myanmar Kindle Edition
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>>>CultureShock! Myanmar is an illuminating guide to the culture and customs of Myanmar, offering readers a peek into this often-forgotten Asian country. Even though Myanmar has relaxed its restrictions on foreign visitors, the country is still relatively isolated compared to the rapidly globalising world. Find out how the Myanmar people cope with the lack of many daily necessities that those in a developed country take for granted. Be well prepared if you have to live in Myanmar with all the advice and information you need. The author provides you with practical tips on what to bring, what to prepare and where to go. In addition, discover fascinating insights into the inner world of the Myanmar people, their culture, traditions and etiquette as well as practical tips on how to do business with the Myanmar. CultureShock! Myanmar is a must-read for anyone who wants to visit or make his home in this intriguing and exotic country!<<<
But I want to add some of my personal experiences, too.
For every really interested traveller going to a foreign country, especially an exotic one, the CultureShock Book is a real Must-Read.
This series is a precious adviser on almost everything a "Stranger in a Strange Land" has to know... and then to live in the country that we enter.
Especially in the Asian countries where the "Face" and its very easy loss because of misbehaviour, mostly unwilling - these books are a real well of knowledge.
The most important informations are often in the "Religion" department - the most obvious are: No Shoes on Temple Grounds, the Right Dress Code for Men and Women, Women have to Stay Away from the Monks, the Donations etc...)
And especially: How to ignore or circumvent the question of the politics - a very "hot" item!
So I can only confirm: the Culture Shock Book about Myanmar (ex-Burma) has been very very helpful for me on my voyage.
The "lessons" are very entertaining too, there are language hints, there is a Traveller's Quiz at the end, and history, mostly a very dry department, is also not too boring :)
Like I said: A very Must-Read for every responsable and interested traveller!
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One point to mention is that, perhaps because the author is Myanmar, some of the information and advice sounds decidedly odd to Western ears. For example, the author asserts that the Master and Mistress of the house (i.e. you, the foreigner) should not fraternize too closely with the domestic help such as the maid, driver or butler (!) because this will confuse them about their station; that Myanmar women do not make 'pretensions' towards intellectual discussion on topics like politics and society; or that colds and the flu are common due to the hot climate.
However, overall this is a fascinating and enlightening book and well worth picking up.