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DLNSEO Culture Team
May 22, 2017

Travelling to mainland China on business?  Here are some tips to show respect and build rapport. During Your First Meeting:

Shake hands upon meeting. Chinese may nod or bow instead of shaking hands, although shaking hands has become increasingly more common. When introduced to a Chinese group, they may greet you with applause. Applaud back and smile. Senior persons begin greetings. Greet the oldest, most senior person before others. During group introductions, line up according to seniority with the senior person at the head of the line.

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DLNSEO Culture Team
April 10, 2017

Through a partnership with Penn State and NATO’s Allied Command Transformation - Future Solutions branch, the Extended Hands program leverages technology to foster understanding through dialogue across cultures in vastly different parts of the world. Extended Hand pairs cadets and military personnel from NATO nations with civilians in conflict-torn regions to have cross-cultural exchanges.

The program operates on two core principles:

Military personnel plan and conduct missions with greater efficacy when they have the skills to effectively communicate and build trust...
Culture Team
March 6, 2017

"Food culture [is] very special because it is also the most important cultural manifestation that we have, because we all have to eat.” - Magnus Nilsson, author of The Nordic Cookbook.

When Magnus Nilsson, head chef at the Michelin-starred Faviken restaurant, 400 miles north of Stockholm, was first asked to write a Nordic cookbook, he was against it.  "The Nordic is a geographical region, not really a cultural region," he said. "It's too big, and too varied." (It includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and several groups of autonomous islands...

Culture Team
November 16, 2016
Veterans Voices: An CULP experience at Vietnam November 10, 2016 admin 0 Comment

(By guest writer, Jacob Kortum)

Usually when people travel to a new or distant land, their priorities are always the same. See the iconic geography, visit the greatest architectural monuments, and take lots and lots of pictures. This in essence gives the impression that only things worth investing any time into when traveling can be found on a gift shop postcard. On rare occasions though, an opportunity can arise which allows an individual to dive into a nations culture and develop a truly...

Culture Team
April 7, 2016

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both...

January 19, 2016

Traveling to Japan? Here are some words that are great to know to help you understand the Japanese culture!

September 4, 2015

The Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program is funded and managed by the U.S.Department of State. The initiative is designed to improve African militaries’ capabilities by providing selected training and equipment necessary for multinational peace support operations. U.S. Africa Command supports the ACOTA program by providing military mentors, trainers, and advisors at the request of the State Department. ACOTA provides a full range of peacekeeping training and instruction tailored to match a country’s needs and capabilities. The program focuses on sub-Saharan...

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