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Unformatted text preview: o him. He was only 32 years old, and he left Chana two
children, a 12-year-old boy, Arsa, and a 10-year-old girl, Veera. His
death is a terrible tragedy.
Normally, you’d write a condolence letter immediately. But
Chana is a native of Thailand, and so was Surin. In the past two
years, you’ve listened many times to Childs’s rousing lectures to
new managers on the benefits and demands of a multicultural
workforce. You know you’d better do a little research first. Is
Chana Buddhist or Catholic? Is there anything about the typical
Western practice of expressing sympathy that might be inappropriate? Offensive?
After making some discreet inquiries among Chana’s closest
friends at work, you’ve learned that she is Theravada Buddhist, as
are most people in Thailand. From a reference work in the company library about doing business around the world, you’ve
gleaned only that, in the beliefs of many people in Thailand, “the
person takes precedence over rule or law” and “people gain their
social position as a result of karma, not personal achievement,”
which means Chana may believe in reincarnation. But the book
also says that Theravada Buddhists are free to choose which precepts of their religion, if any, they will follow. So Chana’s beliefs
are still a mystery.
You do know that her husband was very impo...
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2013 for the course ECON 830 taught by Professor Shahlasultaova during the Fall '12 term at Khazar University.
- Fall '12