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CultureShock! Myanmar

Book Description

"CultureShock! Myanmar is essential reading for any foreigner who is going to live and work in the country. It is packed full of practical information as well as interesting trivia on the colourful customs and culture of the people. Even though Myanmar has relaxed its restrictions on foreign visitors, the country is still relatively isolated compared to the rapidly globalising world. Learn how to get around the country effectively by trishaws like the locals and how to assimilate quickly and shop for groceries. Join in the local celebrations such as Tabaung and Tagu. Packed with a resource guide, glossary, contact numbers, website addresses and useful advice, CultureShock! Myanmar has the answers for anyone wanting to fit in and enjoy life in the country “quite unlike any land you know about”, as writer Rudyard Kipling had described. About the Series CultureShock! is a dynamic, indispensable series of guides for travellers looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting, working in or moving to. Each title explains the country’s customs, traditions and social and business etiquette in a lively, informative style. CultureShock! authors, all of whom have experienced the joys and pitfalls of cultural adaptation, are ideally placed to provide warm and helpful advice to those who seek to integrate seamlessly into diverse cultures. "

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Myanmar
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Myanmar’s Charm
  10. Chapter 2: Geography, History and Politics
    1. Geography
    2. Historical Milestones
    3. Key Dates
    4. Economy
  11. Chapter 3: Myanmar
    1. People
    2. Literacy
    3. Myanmar Perceptions
    4. Two Streams
    5. Superstitions
    6. Bamahsan Chin (Behaving in a ‘Myanmar’ Way)
    7. Relationships
    8. Emotional Perceptions
    9. Environmental Perceptions
    10. The Myanmar Personality
    11. Urban versus Rural
    12. Women in Myanmar
    13. Attitudes to Foreigners
    14. Perceptions towards Foreigners
    15. Names
    16. Humour
    17. Dress
  12. Chapter 4: Socialising In Myanmar
    1. Getting to Know the Myanmar People
    2. Greetings
    3. A Lifetime of Ceremony
    4. Childhood
    5. Births
    6. Engagements
    7. Weddings
    8. Sickness
    9. Death
    10. Casual Visits
    11. The Overnight Guest
    12. Behaviour at Religious Sites
    13. Experiencing Astrological Predictions
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. House for Rent
    2. Domestics
    3. Shopping
    4. Measures
    5. Bargaining
    6. Health and Emergencies
    7. Educational Facilities
    8. Recreation
    9. Transportation
    10. Lugyone ‘Courier’ Activity
  14. Chapter 6: Food and Entertaining
    1. Feasts (Soon-Kyway)
    2. Introductions
    3. Dress
    4. Gifts
    5. Advice on Gift-giving
    6. Seating at Meals
    7. Food
    8. Entertaining Your Myanmar Friends
  15. Chapter 7: Culture and Travel
    1. Leisure
    2. Travelling Inside Myanmar
    3. Why Do the Myanmar People Travel?
    4. Places to See
    5. Things to Buy
    6. Gifts for Your Hosts
    7. Where to Stay
    8. Pre-travel Preparations
    9. Festivals
    10. Calendar of Festivals and Holidays
  16. Chapter 8: Communicating in Myanmar
    1. Language
    2. Body Language
  17. Chapter 9: Doing Business
    1. A Brief Economic History
    2. Legal Aspects of Business
    3. Banking and Finance
    4. Myanmar Workers and the Work Ethic
    5. New Entrpreneurs
    6. Business Meetings
    7. Dressing Etiquette
    8. Entertaining and Gifts
  18. Chapter 10: Fast Facts
    1. Famous People
    2. Icons
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index