Understanding Global vs Local – Implications

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast.  I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  Today I talk about how cultural expectations can create issues for businesses and people.  This is especially true of North America where we have a lot of conveniences that are not widely available and ideas that aren’t widely accepted.  If we assume otherwise, we can fall into trouble.  I only do a small overview of some of them.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

I have seen some articles lately that had confused me.  It took me some time to determine that the author was, in each case, making assumptions that might be true of USA or Canada, or at least a lot of North America, but might not be true for everywhere nor for everyone.  For example, there was some talk of teaching English language to presumably immigrants or non-English speakers who are adults.  It already takes a lot of courage to leave all you know and move to another country and learn a whole new language.  The last thing we want to do is make the learning process difficult.  There was a question of teaching profanity.  This is of little utility, in my opinion.  You see, some cultures and religions do not accept profanity as something belonging to their language and this would alienate such students.  Always remember when teaching people from other areas, they might not hold the same belief systems as you do.  Your job is not to change their belief system entirely, but to offer teaching on the topic (in the example case English).  Many of the people in these courses may have little to no English if they are taking beginning English.  So, be cognizant of this.  If people want to learn more than what they are being taught, they will learn it.  The people who do not want to learn it, will not learn it.  Remember that they have given up a whole lifestyle to move to Canada or the USA.  They may be escaping a bad situation.  You want to make learning safe and positive.  Some countries not only frown upon swearing, but it is punishable by jail time such as Dubai https://www.thetravel.com/can-you-get-arrested-for-swearing/ and it is against religious beliefs of people who are Muslim https://azislam.com/law-of-saying-bad-swear-in-islam and likely frowned upon by more than just one religion.  For this reason, it is likely that damage would be done to the reputation of the teacher in the eyes of the students who come from countries that see it as unacceptable.  They will be introduced to culture from TV, radio, friends, etc.  

I have to admit that I agree with Brian Lamb who says, “I don’t like swearing on the air. As a matter of fact, I’m not a prude, but… I watch HBO and some of the comedy stuff, and I’m constantly asking myself, ‘Why have we gone there?’ It seems like it’s unfortunate. It’s so cheap. It’s so easy.”  That is the crux of it.  My mother, when I was a child, would say.  Swearing is for people who don’t have better words to use.  I gave you better words to use.  This is my opinion on swearing.  I try to avoid it for two reasons.  I write children’s e-books as well as my blog posts.  I’m not perfect and do slip, but avoid it especially in public or online.  I have nature photography on my website and keep it as clean as I can.  I am cognizant that there are younger people online and I don’t want to be the one teaching them that it is ok to use profanity.  They learn from example.  I see too much of it and tend to tune out when there is a lot of swearing/profanity.  It is too easy.  It doesn’t say anything.  It, for the most part, is used to put down people or ideas.  People having nothing better to do than try to cut down people by calling them something with profanity added.  It doesn’t take talent to swear.  Anyone and everyone can do it.  It does, however, take talent to find a different way to address issues without the use of profanity.  It takes thought.  Swearing is easy.  There are only so many words and many use the same bunch repeatedly…often one starting with F.  Some use it like a multipurpose linguistic form.  They use is as a noun verb, adverb, adjective and pretty much every part of speech.  For some, I half wonder if we removed profanity if they would have anything to say at all. 

Another issue that I have noticed is that many of the younger generation seem to think that changing everything to computer is best.  This might be true of a lot of North America, because it is rare that there is no computer access available in a workplace.  It can happen in small business.  However, when it comes to health and safety information, is it a fair assumption that the product will be going to a place where the product information would be easily accessible online?  I can tell you that places where there is lack of safety due to bombing etc., they likely would need paper information.  If you are in a country with little access to computers…and by the way, there are, at least in 2016, 4 billion people without computer access…and if you look at the article some don’t even have electricity (I know it is older information, but not likely to be entirely fixed at this point) https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/05/4-billion-people-still-don-t-have-internet-access-here-s-how-to-connect-them/.  However, more up to date information appears in https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/internet-statistics as does https://internetworldstats.com/stats.htm.  It is important to understand that some countries have poverty levels that are beyond what most Canadian and American people understand.  There are still many people in Canada and the USA who do not have access or are functionally illiterate.  This makes things more complicated.  Even in the USA, the stats shows that there is a long way to go before ending paper copies of safety data https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=46.  Most show worldwide accessibility to computer technology at around 65% give or take.  Overall statistics suggest that only a bit more than half the world has computer access.  In most cases, minority groups tend to have the lower levels of access which is a whole other problem.  This alone makes it important that safety data sheets still be part of the packaging of safety equipment.  This is truer of things being shipped to other countries especially the poorer regions or war torn regions.  I would suggest that the exporter company find out from the particular receiving company whether they still require the paper copy or if they are ok looking at it online.  This may get rid of some of the paperwork, but keep it going to those who need it. 

Just as there are different variables between different cultures, there are things that are considered acceptable in business and things that are considered unacceptable.  Many of these things depend on cultural differences.  For example, https://www.hult.edu/blog/cultural-differences-impact-international-business/ states that often English is the language of business, but you might see people of Finland like brevity and directness in communication while people from India might be less direct.  They also point out that businesses in Canada and the US use first name whereas Asian countries tend to prefer more formal titles.  They point out that even hierarchies are different within different countries.  So, it is important that you learn more about the culture of the people you are dealing with in order to be successful in your communications and actions.  The world is a very complex place and there are many different cultural expectations.  Understanding them can help us experience more success when dealing with businesses and people in other countries.  What you assume about your own culture, especially in North America may not be found to be true of other countries.  Assumptions that everyone has what you have or think like you think or accept what you accept is also a mistake that people often make.  They are not being nasty or mean.  They just make faulty assumptions about everyone having the same life experience.  This is not true as many countries have different ideas of how things should be done.  This can cause a lot of friction when some workers come up with what seems a great idea.  It might be a great idea or it might cost the company business.  This is why larger companies do well to have people on staff who have some understanding of the world at large and gather input from other countries they deal with before making changes.  Sometimes a little thing means a lot and sometimes it doesn’t.  It is something that has to be looked at with more depth and more understanding of the world market and the world as being made of various different groups with different methods of dealing with things in daily life. 

As John Hume said, “Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.”  This is why I encourage people to learn about other groups and people different from themselves.  I agree with Cesar Chavez who said, “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”  In my opinion, it is respect for different cultures and different ways of operating on the world that will lead to understanding and may be able to work our way toward world peace.  We need to accept different people and not try to take them over or make them into who we are.  Each person is different and we all need to learn to work together.  There is no one cookie cutter culture or person.  Not only must we learn to respect each other, but also when we respect ourselves, we do not need to force our culture to be the only one.  It is one of the things in this world that has caused a lot of trouble, but solved very little. 

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  Today I discuss the necessity for cultural understanding if we want to find a way to find peace in the world.  We need to respect ourselves and each other.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned!
Much like all flowers are different and special and you don’t expect them to all to be the same, people have the same qualities. The podcast for this blog post is available on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Understanding-Global-vs-Local—Implications-e1g6voc

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E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treaures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards (https://canadabookaward.com/). ​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada, ​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/) *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) ​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) ​​​​​​​From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). You can find us at: ​​​​​​​https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466/ (Pinterest) https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 (Twitter) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A? (YouTube) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson/blog (GoodReads) https://www.amazon.com/author/ejeansimpson_a-jpeitreasures (Amazon) ​​​​​​​https://www.bookbub.com/authors/e-jean-simpson-eab163aa-3938-4609-9afc-7a65b8b9ed21?follow=true (BookBub) ​​​​​​​https://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 (LinkedIn) https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ (WordPress) New addition, we have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor https://anchor.fm/a--j-pei-treasures (Anchor). Anchor also distributes the podcast to: Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-and-j-pei-treasures Google Podcasts https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDJkOTZjOC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Pocket Casts https://pca.st/he6mroww RadioPublic https://radiopublic.com/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-8grQ72 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/1xzUQzKzGyAChOXT4WLe1Z Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures/id1558288352?l iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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