I've heard a story of an American businessman who gave a Chinese man a green baseball cap. The Chinese man became angry at the American and refused to wear it. Little did the American man know, wearing a green hat means your partner is cheating on you!
American cultures and Asian cultures are so different that it's easy for a native of one of these places to make a cultural mistake in the other place. This book is an excellent reference on what kinds of taboos to avoid so that you don't make a fool of yourself.
This book covers do's and don'ts in: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each country's chapter contains: cultural trivia and notes; tips on doing business (punctuality, negotiating, how to entertain business partners, etc.); ways to dress and greet; whether or not you should give gifts; the interpretation of certain gestures; value systems; and demographic information and a concise history.
In the back, there's also information about plugs and outlets present in each of the above countries as well as some other Asian countries. They also explain whether it's a good idea to bring a converter, or if you should leave your electronics at home.
Did you know that Malaysians consider the head the "seat of the soul" and one should never touch a Malay person's head? Did you know you should refrain from eating with your left hand in public in India because the left hand is considered unclean by Hindus and Muslims? You will know these facts and more by using this book!
Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands is an essential series for anyone travelling to or living in these countries for whatever reason. It's also a good read for people doing cultural presentations for classes, or even just interested in finding out international taboos and customs.