A businessman was recently involved in a business meeting that went sour and threatened to scuttle a good deal. What happened was that the Chinese party receiving the American purchaser was late in reaching his hotel. The American was furious as he had a tight schedule and that they were late and threatened to quite his purchase.
The Chinese party was late because they were given a vague address of a lake-side hotel. People can judge that what happened was that the American gave his hotel as Lakeside hotel. Unfortunately, there were numerous hotels along the lake but the Chinese were too shy to enquire which lakeside hotel earlier because they were afraid the American would 'lose face' for having given a vague address. Instead, they spent the morning hopping from one lakeside hotel to another looking for this American gentleman."
In many business occasion, Chinese people are too shine too ask .The reasons which account for this is that Chinese people pay more attention to face value. They are afraid of asking people means they are lack of ability. The Australian way communicating is quite forth coming and direct, and perhaps even a little brusque in contrast to their South Asian neighbors. Don’t ever mistake this sort of approach for rudeness, as Australians are renowned straight talkers, yet relaxed and informal with it. They don’t generally partake in idle chitchat, especially in business dealings, and usually there is no double or hidden meaning in what they say, as trust is considered a virtue.
This state could be described as an intermediary state between a new comer and an adapted individual. In the beginning, one doesn't know what it means to belong to the culture. At the opposite, the adapted have no problems understanding the culture (no questions about the choices he makes in regards to everyday challenges - e.g. pro, contra or neutral to the culture). In between these two states - new or adapted, one goes through a mental and sometimes physical pain trying to understand and control to a certain level what is going around. The end of this state is reached gradually, after one paid a lot of attention to the people and things around, and eventually understood the ranking of values and the ways one can achieve them.
The differences between cultures can make it very difficult to adjust to the new surroundings. You may encounter unfamiliar clothes, weather, and food as well as different people, schools, and values. You may find yourself struggling to do things in your new surroundings that were easy back home. Dealing with the differences can be very unsettling; those feelings are part adjusting to a new culture.