Jet lag, boardrooms, and high-pressure deals.
That’s what international business brings to mind.
But R.F. Hemphill makes us think again.
Sharing a series of letters sent to his father during his decade of traveling the world building a billion-dollar company, Hemphill illuminates the always practical, sometimes poignant, and often funny ways we must connect if business is to be done.
“If they served you camel hooves for dinner, and you didn’t know it until you asked, what part of the camel did you have for breakfast?”
“In Islamabad hotels, you must sign a form certifying that you are an infidel and will assuredly go to hell, in order to get room service to bring you a drink. Is this form binding if you die outside of Pakistan?”
“Can you really claim to be in the movie industry if you don’t dress all in black, have a small pony tail, wear an earring, have an idea for a screen play, and harbor a desire to meet Meryl Streep?”
“Cinemas in the Czech Republic serve bacon-flavored popcorn. Why can’t we get that in the US? It’s even better than cheese-flavored popcorn. The whole movie theater smells like breakfast.”
Millions of people around the world travel for business. But how many of us take the time to truly appreciate what we observe and experience? dust tea, dingoes, & dragons is a lesson in the meshing of cultures, the diplomacy of building business relationships, and, ultimately, of living life to the fullest.
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Table of Contents
1 It's OK to Fool Around With Rich People's Money 1
2 Hot, Wet, and Dirty 9
3 How's a Guy Get a Drink Around Here? 21
4 It's Cabbage Season in the Beijing of My Heart 27
5 Who Took Our Boats? 37
6 Watermelon and Rolled Pants 45
7 Smiling French Fries at Bimbo's Hamburger Stand 53
8 Scorpions From the Kingdom of Womanhood 63
9 The Coriolanus Effect Is Alive and Well? Oh, Coriolis 71
10 I Wanna Make Some Pictures 83
11 Sharks to the Left, Tourists to the Right 99
12 Is it Socially Responsible to Explode Cats? 105
13 The UK Is Not the US, Even Though Both Names Start With "United" 123
14 They Have Bacon-Flavored Popcorn in the Czech Republic! 141
15 Please Carry Chocolate With You at All Times 153
16 Because We're French and You're Not 163
17 What's That Parrot Doing On Your Business Card? 183
18 Around the World in Nine Days 195
19 How to Bring Christmas With You to Rajasthan 223
20 Entrepreneurs Say The Darndest Things, Most of Which Are Not True 261
21 In My Next Life I Plan to be the Schnitzel King 279
22 Tour Rural China in the Dark! 293