My very first professional outreach had a pretty awful start. A friend of mine gave me a contact in Taipei. From the name I could not tell whether this person is a male or female. It is not OK to address someone you don’t know by first name. I searched on the Internet and found only group photos with the person so I still couldnt’ tell the gender. After all that, I decided to start my email with, “Dear teacher so and so”, which, I thought, is a traditional Chinese form of addressing someone with respect. Well, I just had my 2-day intercultural training, about which I will write very soon, and the trainer said that in Taiwan, people would call a fortune-teller, “teacher”! What, a fortune-t.., WHAT?!
Do you think I would get a reply? Not yet today.