The Xenophobe's Guide to the
by Christine Cole Catley &
A guide to understanding the
Kiwis which explores their views and values with
humour and insight.
Xenophobe's Guide to the Kiwis
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|Extracts from the book
and straight faced
Kiwi bloke plays things down and does not stand
on ceremony. The rugby player who scores a try
is no longer expected to look as if he is
bravely accepting a death sentence but, other
than in sport, emotion is not something to be
shown in public, and not much in private either.
A blokess is allowed more latitude. She is even
expected by men to 'carry on a bit'.
|Whether or not
there is a need to worry about something, the
obliging Kiwis tell one another that it will be
'good as gold', 'right as rain' and 'no prob'
(short for problem), usually qualified by one of
those great reassurers in any situation, 'She'll
be right', or 'Piece of cake'.
politeness is synonymous with warmth and
generosity of spirit. Thus North Islanders, when
complimented by visitors on their scenery, will
ask anxiously, "But have you seen the South
Island yet?" They do not want to be seen as
hogging the best bits for themselves.
receiving praise about their country. However,
since self-deprecation is wired deeply into the
national psyche, praise is looked upon
suspiciously. Kiwis fear they are being buttered
up, or somebody is having them on. Both praise
and criticism are reported by the media, and are
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|Reviews from the Press
|The Xenophobe's Guides raise a
smile and give you an understanding of the
beliefs and foibles of nationalities.
Glasgow Evening Times
|An enlightened new
series, good natured, witty and useful. The
Xenophobe's Guides to different nations deserves
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|Table of Contents
| Nationalism and Identity
Attitudes and Values
Manners and Behaviour
Leisure and Pleasure
Drinking and Eating
Custom and Tradition
Sense of Humour
Business and Commerce
Cole Catley, Simon Nicholson
|Format: 96 pages,
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