I want to use my blog “Ouya” as a place to speak out on the finer details on cultural mashups, particularly concerning Anglo-Sino cultural crossroads.
Today just a micro-aside on Greetings.
Chinese practice is to always greet people, audibly, with a name or title if 1) they are your senior, and 2) if it is the first time you’ve seen them that day. This is just ground into kids at a very early age- to the extent that kids (say 10 years and up) must make the rounds at a dinner table and say “night” to everyone individually, by name.
Again, the deference to Seniority is a big one, but keep in mind the importance of using someone’s name appended to every hello, how are you?, and goodbye. It says that you care- that this person means enough to you to single them out- and to banish pronouns for that one special moment.