Etiquette, Protocol — April 23, 2013 at 22:29

Koreans Slap Bill Gates for ‘Rude’ Handshake

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SEOUL, South Korea – The buzz in town today is this photograph of Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ shaking hands with South Korea President Park Geun-hye.

Credit: Yonhap/EPA

Credit: Yonhap/EPA

Gates, 57, might have not realized it Monday, but a one-hand shake in Korean culture – and also in Asia – is notably casual, done only when the other party is a good friend, of the same or younger age. Using one hand with the other tucked in the pants pocket is considered rude here, done when one is expressing superiority to the other. READ MORE

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