In our school's course Cross Cultural Management we had an assignment to write a short story about one's own cultural incident and this is what I wrote:
"I live in a student apartment together with my Chinese husband and one day my little brother came to visit us and stayed overnight. In the evening when it was about time to go to sleep, I was walking around the apartment in my underwear preparing to go to bed. Then suddenly my husband asked me to put some clothes on since my little brother was there. I told him that it wasn’t any kind of problem to me; we always go to sauna together with whole family so why should I be so modest? But he felt uncomfortable with my answer and said that I should no longer go to sauna with any other male.
Like many Chinese in his generation, my husband is the only child and I believe that’s why he cannot truly understand the relationship of siblings. And moreover, I guess that Finns have a special culture concerning the nudity in sauna that many other countries find hard to cope with. Nowadays I respect my husband’s wish and stay clothed when there’s a guest around. But I’d rather leave without telling him about our sauna evenings when I go to visit my family... "
I had a birthday last Thursday (turned 21) so we had a quick dinner before I went to school.