Just one more thing: Courtesy, consists of little things
The smiling gentlemen leaned toward me, softly speaking in Chinese. The woman translator sitting next to him also leaned forward and said pleasantly: "Please sir, Mr. Wen would like the salt. Thank you." Recently the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation played host to a dinner in honor of a Chinese delegation [WN, Dec. 24]. Wen Youxin is from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Although he spoke no English his simple courtesy eased the language barrier and was the beginning of a memorable experience for me. I couldn't help but notice the sincere courtesy each of our Chinese guests practiced. They were in a foreign country, experiencing foreign customs, yet they went out of their way to express a quality everyone should value.
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