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||Oh bugger, I accidentally overwrote your erudite
comment...hence giving myself a -1 for not paying
||Hmmm, dunno...is it small island/many people courtesy
something to dealing with being lumbered with a
Judaeo/Christian black and white outlook, unlike Asian
faiths which are more at home with many levels of grey,
||There are times you want to say "you daft old biddy, you
drive us up the wall, but we all still love you".
||Hmm. Do you have examples from non-English cultures that
are more truthful?
||I'd guess Russia would be a starting point. China Daily (by a
Russian writer) "Another thing which people don't
understand is that, while it seems that Russians are yelling
at each other and aggressively talking, Russians just talk
loudly to one another. We are very blunt and honest people,
and when my foreign friends and I talk, sometimes we can
be too blunt and they will take offense at that. "
||That doesn't quite match what I heard from someone who
worked in Russia for some years (and is fluent in Russian). She
told me that, although Russians are as demonstrative,
emotionally, as Italians, yet they manage at the same time to be
as cagey with actual concrete infornation as Chinese. I suspect
that spending generations in a succession of police states will do
that to you.
||People out of Russia (which is not exactly the same as
Russians) routinely had to be told (back in the 80s and 90s
smile at people at work for instance.
||We also tended to think that Americans wear fake smiles.
||It would also be cliche that when asked "How are you", a
typical Soviet emigree, prior to immersion, would not
answer great, how are you, but would either ask why do
you care, or, if they trusted you, tell you about the things
that are wrong in their life.
||I suspect that, in part due to much more limited mobility
back in the USSR, we culturally value childhood friends
more than typical Western cultures, and I've certainly
seen evidence for that in my own life versus the life of
my children who were born in the States. So the article
overstates some things but rings true.