Kissing In Public Places

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Throughout the world, there are many ways of greeting depends on each culture and each situation. It can be the “wai”- which consists of a slight bow, with the palms pressed together, the hand shake in most business context or the greetings like “How are you” or “Hello”. Each country has its own norm of greeting and only by experiencing can we understand it. In this essay, we are going to look at the way the Spanish greet, especially kissing and the reason for that. After this essay, it is expected that the audiences will not face with the same embarrassing miscommunicating situation as below. For Helen Fisher, a kiss acts as a powerful mechanism of adaptation that is present in more than 90% of human societies. A kiss can be a method to show the love. Moreover, a kiss can just be used simply as a greeting. As kisses present in almost everywhere in the world, it can be understood differently all over the world. Knowing the meaning of kiss all over the world is nearly impossible, however, we should know some of the most common meanings so that we can avoid…show more content…
For example, let’s analyze the act of “kissing in public places”. In the Western countries, as people are more open-minded, they see this as normal. However, in the more preserved feudal-affected countries in Asia like Vietnam, this kind of action can be considered rude. This can cause a lot of arguments because generally, most of the people in every culture might somehow be ethnocentric, which means they think that what they do is true. Nevertheless, we need to understand others’ manner in their view as regarding to culture, no one is right or wrong. Bear in mind that “a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable” (Clifton Fadiman). It means you can live however you want and let others do whatever they want. Do not judge them just because they are not the
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