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Caitlyn Reid

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Transcript of Singapore

Social Customs
Hand shaking is common but not with opposite sex
Muslims: no touching the opposite sex in public.
Elder-most/ highest ranking person is introduced first .
Physical distance is kept
The head is sacred
Never use your left hand to greet, wave, eat
Family Life

Males are head of the family
Group dependence is an important
Extended family considered as close as Americans consider immediate family.
Law passed on 1996, making children take financial responsibility for their elderly parents

Housing, Clothing, and Food

Seafood, rice, noodles, vegetables, and chicken are common

Eating etiquette:
Chinese food eaten with chopsticks
Malay and Indian food can be eaten with right hand
Left hand considered unclean
Dinner for business entertaining

Politics in Singapore
Democratic Country (lead by a President)
Has a clean and corruption-free image
Freedom of expression
Avoid discussing religion and politics.


Location: Southeast Asia
Capitol city: Singapore
Population: 5.3 Million
Area: 715 square km (276 square miles)
Religion in Singapore
Holidays on: Chinese New Year, Vesak Day, Christmas, Ramadan, Haj, Deepavali.
Economic Institutions
69.7% worked in service, 30.2% in industry, 0.1% in agriculture
Singapore is the busiest port in the world.
work from 9am to 5pm
It takes only 3 days to start business
Right down to business in meeting

and Etiquette

Languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English.
The national language is Malay

In Business:
English is used
Punctuality is valued highly
Respect and agreeance are valued (yes can mean no)
Avoid prolonged eye contact
Wait to be told where to sit
Elders given preferential seating

Not exchanged in business (considered a bribe).
Expected when visiting someone's home.

Fried Carrot Cake

Business attire: similar to American business wear
Everyday attire: casual jeans, t-shirts, and flip flops

Mix of rice flour, white radish ("white carrot"), eggs, garlic, and pickled radish.
86% live in high-rise apartments, or HDB (Housing Development Board) flats
Self contained towns schools, hospitals, recreational facilities,
Flats accommodate any size family
Forbes.com, in 2009: 7th most expensive Asian city to live in
Appropriate business attire
Men should wear a white collared long sleeve shirt, tie and slacks with leather shoes. Jackets are not normally required.

Women should wear a long sleeved blouse with a skirt or slacks and closed toed shoes.
Class structure
Upper, Middle, Lower class


Economic factors

Caucasians, Eurasians, and Asians of different origins are the minority

High focus on education
Value Systems
Politeness is extremely important

58.1% of all women are in the workforce

Men and women are treated equally
Fun facts!
"mandatory caning policy for vandalism"
These laws and punishments apply to visiting U.S. citizens
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