Chaiyasit gives the wai a miss

Chaiyasit gives the wai a miss - The Nation, November 23, 2004
...Normally, right after receiving awards, recipients show their gratitude by waiing. But before they could put their hands together to perform the gesture, Chaiyasit extended his right hand. What could that mean, but that Chaiyasit wanted to shake hands? So they did.
There are two possible reasons why they shook hands.
Chaiyasit might have been trying to avoid offending those Muslims who greet and show gratitude in a different way. Or perhaps he simply thought that using one hand was more convenient than using two and that shaking hands is a more universal non-verbal greeting.

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