alywoah
a year ago1,000+ Views
Being Latino: The Cheek Kiss
Growing up, when greeting a friend or family member, the cheek kiss was something that was automatic. It was as natural as shaking someone's hand for some people. Living in Miami, this sort of gesture was familiar and common -- not once had I stopped for a moment and thing, "oh..this is weird." It's a sign of respect and its a way to greet someone you know (not strangers or employers...but like friends and family).
When I moved to north Florida, and other parts of the United States....I quickly realized that I had to hold back on the cheek kiss. I remember a couple of people being caught off guard.
And I was like OOPS. So now, I have trained myself not to greet with a kiss, that sometimes my family thinks I am rude as hell. Haha.

Are there gestures or behaviors you had to change to adapt to other cultures?

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A huge part of my family is Persian and I always have to mentally prepare myself for the triple-cheek-kiss with every single one of them when they visit hahahah
a year ago·Reply
I thought cheek kiss is one of the middle east culture and my women siblings even my mother do that when we meet each other.
a year ago·Reply
I was taught to do it only to family by my Mexican family but we're texmex also for family friends
a year ago·Reply
I was talking to a teacher about this. a latín student come into class and kisses his freind in cheeck. the American teacher was like ohh nooo. your punished. my teacher was in a meeting and heard of this and put that other teacher in her spot and explained that its a part of our culture to hug and kiss on the cheeck.
a year ago·Reply
I still do the cheek kiss with family and friends and Mexican coworkers. it's part of me although I have learned to not greet everyone like that, scares some people lol
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