August 3, 2004
A Cultural question!
Posted by rahi0004 at August 3, 2004 11:27 PM
If you remember, paxton and Abdy presented the chapter about "presentation" in class few weeks ago. I remember on that day one of the issue discussed, was about; while presenting to a multi-audience including international group, try not to look at people's eyes since it might be a sign of disrespect. I am curious to know if any body from class especially those who are bicultured would know any particular reason for this matter?
I am originally from Ethiopia and I lived in the capital city for 16 years. In my culture, if you live outside the city and if you are talking to your elders you are not suppose to look them in the eye. But this kind of culture is more enforced in a rural area. Also, if you are a woman who lives outside of a city, talking your husband back and looking at him in the eye is considered disrespecting him.
What about those in the audience from your own culture? Would avoiding eye contact imply dishonesty or evasion?
I never know about thins. My ethiopian best friend never told me about this. Interesting, maybe I could ask her about this as soon as I talk to her.