Increasingly, managers must deal with multiple ethnic groups with very different cultures. Thanks to globalization, you are likely to work with Japanese, French, Chinese, German and all sorts of other nationalities. Some simple examples: In the US, a firm, short handshake indicates self-confidence and heterosexual masculinity. A limp handshake by a man can be interpreted usually wrongly as a sign of homosexuality or wimpiness. But in most parts of Africa, a limp handshake is the correct way to do it. Furthermore, it is common in Africa for the handshake to last several minutes, while in the US a handshake that is even a few seconds too long is interpreted as familiarity, warmth and possibly sexual attraction.
Key facts about Asian Americans, a diverse and growing population
Welcome | Asian American Cultural Center
An overview essay on Asian Americans, including identity issues perceptions and misperceptions, use of terminology, understanding demographics, and the extreme diversity contained within the term. The growth and diversification of the Asian American population in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal. Driven by sustained immigration and refugee resettlement during the s and s, Asian Americans have emerged as the nation's fastest growing racial group. Given that the school-age Asian American population doubled in the s and is expected to double again between and , our schools and the larger society must confront some critical questions. For example, what do we know and what can we teach and learn about Asian Americans? Asian Americans number more than
California Cultures: Asian Americans
China is an extremely large country — first in population and fifth in area, according to the CIA — and the customs and traditions of its people vary by geography and ethnicity. About 1. The largest group is the Han Chinese, with about million people. Other groups include the Tibetans, the Mongols, the Manchus, the Naxi, and the Hezhen, which is smallest group, with fewer than 2, people.
The major groups are Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, but very small numbers of East Asian Indians and Southeast Asians have also made their homes on the continent. Although there are relatively reliable statistics on the numbers of Asian immigrants who entered South America prior to , this is not the case for more recent arrivals because of numerous undocumented entries of Koreans and Chinese. Furthermore, estimates of the number of South Americans of Asian descent vary widely because intermarriage has led to a lack of agreement among census takers as to what "Asian-descended" means.