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ERIC Number: EJ798309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Tea Tells All
Roever, Carol
Business Communication Quarterly, v70 n2 p191-194 2007
A beverage, as well as the way it is served, can be a window into the soul of a culture. For the author and her husband, Turkish tea helped them understand and enjoy the culture of Turkey. They learned that the broad nuances of culture can be as instructive as a classroom experience. The tea story begins in Chicago in the spring of 2005 when the author went to the Turkish Consulate to submit her application to teach at Yeditepe University in Istanbul during the 2005 fall semester. In this article, the author shares what she learned about the Turkish culture from its consumption of tea. The most obvious lesson was the depth and breadth of Turkish hospitality. No matter where they were, tea was offered. Furthermore, they were guests, and the Turks wanted to wait on them, to welcome them to their home or their place of business. The Turks extended their hospitality along with their tea. Along with the tea came conversation. Along with the conversation came relationships that frequently developed into friendships that the author and her husband continue to nurture. Americans can learn a lot from the Turks and their hospitality; their behavior underscores the importance of capturing the moment, of sharing time with friends.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey