Do's and Don'ts
- Talking at length about your particular speciality or technical skill is generally welcomed. However, be sure not to come across as though you believe you are superior.
- Build personal relationships on a one-to-one basis and be considerate of the types of questions you ask in order to form a bond with your Bangladeshi counterpart. Questions about one’s income or profession may not be appropriate.
- Pay attention to smaller acts of hospitality and courtesy by offering to put others before yourself. Being considerate of other’s needs without them having to articulate what those are will be appreciated by your Bangladeshi counterpart.
- Be respectful of elders. Bangladeshis consider elders to be deeply important and requiring deference.
- Avoid making judgements in absolute terms of right or wrong until you have a clear understanding of the circumstance. For many Bangladeshis, the context and situation are important in understanding whether something is moral and just.
- Do not criticise or joke about anything that may offend a Bangladeshi’s national pride. The country has faced a struggle to distinguish itself, hence Bangladeshis value their national symbols and Bangla language.
- People greatly respect their elders, so avoid any remarks that criticise or disregard an older person’s status or opinion.
- Drawing parallels between Bangladesh and other countries on the Indian subcontinent such as India or Pakistan may offend your Bangladeshi counterpart. Bangladeshis often get these comparisons, yet take great pride in being culturally and politically distinct from both India and Pakistan.
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