Task2 - Lifestyle >> Foreign Cultures

"Foreign Cultures"

If people go to live in another country, they should follow the customs and traditions of the new country.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

In a globalized world, living and working in foreign countries is becoming increasingly common. For expatriate citizens, the cultural norms of their home countries are often different to the traditions and customs of their adopted countries. Some people are of the opinion that expats should adhere to the local etiquette, while others believe that foreigners should be given the freedom to practice their native cultures.

Variations in culture exist throughout the world and even within countries. Acceptable behavior in one country might be completely unacceptable in another. For example, the consumption of alcohol is frowned upon in many Middle Eastern countries while this practice is accepted socially in Asian and Western countries. Consequently, many expats living in the Middle East are unable to buy or consume alcohol meaning that they cannot enjoy the common social practices of their home countries.

These restrictions on social behaviors can be important. The religious and social traditions of Middle Eastern countries are significant for the local people. As the saying goes; "When in Rome do as the Romans do" which literally means people should follow the cultural requirements of any place they happen to be in. To be ignorant of, or to simply disregard, the cultural expectations of local people may cause offence.

In my opinion, expatriates have a responsibility to abide by local behavioral norms. Expats living in foreign countries have an obligation to understand and respect the local traditional practices.