Francoise Hauser is a German journalist and author of several bestseller travel and cultural guides, as well as books about a number of Asian countries. Andy Janz, former CEO of China Tours has lived in China for over a decade and has traveled extensively across Asia. Together, they host “Germany for Asians”, the new Germany podcast that serves as a cultural guidepost for Asians interested in contemporary German culture and lifestyle. In informative and weekly 15-minute episodes they attempt to answer the question: “Why do Germans do what they do?”
Are Germans really punctual?
Are Germans really so punctual? The short answer is: Yes! But of course there is more to the question... Listen in - and don't be late!
Why do Germans love walking so much?
Anyone who has ever been to Germany will have noticed that Germans like both walking and hiking a lot. The idea of heading out for a walk without having a clear goal and destination in mind runs somewhat contra to the idea that Germans are masterful planners that rarely ever set off for a trip without knowing where to go. In this episode of Germany for Asians we discuss why Germans love walking and where this tradition originates. We talk the talk, but we also walk the walk. Enjoy!
Why are Germans so direct, or are they?
Directness in communication is one of the most common stereotypes about Germans and in this episode of Germany for Asians we try to answer the question why that is, as well as whether Germans really are as direct as their reputation suggests. Have fun listening!
Why are Germans so cold and somewhat socially distant?
Germans have a reputation for being cold and somewhat distant in their daily communications and interactions. For many Asian peoples being warm and open is somewhat anathema to the idea of economic and social success, which is also attributed to the success of Germans and German culture around the globe. In this episode of Germany for Asians we try to unravel this apparent contradiction. Enjoy!
How do you make social arrangements in Germany?
Meeting Germans socially AND spontaneously is typically not easy. Social activities are carefully planned in advance and usually not “on the fly”. In this episode of Germany for Asians we talk about the reasons for this phenomenon and how this is connected to the German concept of friendship we discussed in episode. Have fun!
How do you tip in Germany?
Tipping in bars, restaurants and hotels has been a hotly contested topic amongst non-Germans living in or visiting Germany. For Asians, that have a less pronounced and seemingly unified tipping culture than Western culture(s), the issue of tipping in Germany remains difficult and one that is fraught with insecurity. In this episode of “Germany for Asians” we try to approach the question “how do you tip in Germany” with the Asian perspective and a few “tipps” in mind. Enjoy!