During one such session, a colleague from China wrote her name in Mandarin characters. Almost instantly, a colleague from Taiwan stood up and shouted 'That is not Chinese!'
The multicultural audience gasped and fell to an awkward silence.
Those who understand Mandarin in both simplified characters and traditional characters quickly explained the difference. While the presenter was offended, she proceeded professionally with her introduction.
Cultural sensitivity is of utmost importance, especially with globalization. Ignorance is an excuse, given much information is available at your fingertips at an instance. When in doubt, it is not difficult to ask. Open communication in a workplace should be encouraged.