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CultureShock! Myanmar

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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.

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 127
    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 188
    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