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Old 01-05-2011, 11:05 PM
 
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I did a quick google search on racism in Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Spain (Madrid) and it appears to me, from blog posts and general consensus, that neither is really comfortable environment for Asian travelers (people generally would ignore Asians, often make taunting remarks, etc). Although there probably is not violence, I do not want to study abroad in an environment where my race pointed out and frequently mocked while being a mere pedestrian. This is quite unfortunate, as these are my preferred places to study abroad this summer. Honestly, how bad would racial prejudices be at both locations and which would be friendlier to Asians?
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Macao
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This was about a decade ago, so probably increased now. But I read that there were 30,000+ Koreans living in Buenos Aires. Probably more asians of other ethnicities on top of that....so could be even more.

So, just thinking that Argentina might not be too bad.

I lived in South Korea for years (previous to Japan), and have a really good friend who is Korean-American. He was traveling around in Eastern EUrope for awhile, and didn't always feel that comfortable.

I have another friend, a Korean-AMerican as well, and I invited him down to visit me in Sao Paulo Brazil when I lived there. He had such a great time, he made multiple return trips to Brazil long after I was gone.

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Old 01-06-2011, 04:17 AM
 
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Asians are well liked and they are all around in Spain. You find Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants and supermarkets in the remotest cities of Spain. We have a China Town in Barcelona and Barcelona is a very HOT target for Japanese and now Chinese tourists.

Just the other day I visited a very traditional Spanish bar in Barcelona that had nice tapas and traditional Spanish dishes, they had a very nice array of tapas and all the clientele were locals....I was greatly surprised when I saw that all the staff and owners were Chinese, this is very good because they are preserving traditional bars abandoned by traditional owners that grow tired of the restaurant/bar business. We have a few top Chinese chefs cooking Spanish food.

Chinese are big in the wholesale industry here. There are also Filipinos, they are the oldest group here since they are related culturally and historically with Spain.

As to Argentina, I know the country and they don't have any quarrel whatsoever with Asians. They have a quarrel with illegal immigrants from Latin America and some weirdos and kooks dislike Jews.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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I've found that all Japanese who live in Spain have been called "Chino" at least once :-)
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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I don't think they don't like Asians in Argentina... Some of them don't like Brazilians, but Asians are OK!
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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I don't think they don't like Asians in Argentina... Some of them don't like Brazilians, but Asians are OK!
Yeah, I have heard that the illegal immigrants from Paraguay and Bolivia are the most hated. I don't know how true that is however.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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which country is generally friendlier to tourists?
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Santiago, Chile
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Yeah, I have heard that the illegal immigrants from Paraguay and Bolivia are the most hated. I don't know how true that is however.

As an Argentina's neighbor I can confirm that's true. People from Bolivia or Paraguay or even Peru can find racism in Argentina (no violence). Asian people is ok anywhere in South America.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Santiago, Chile
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which country is generally friendlier to tourists?
To me, Colombians and Brazilians (Sao Paulo) are the friendliest people in South-america. You can find a big Asian community (immigrant sons) in Brazil specially.

However, I think Chile or Argentina may be more prepared to receive tourists.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Brazil is, at least, as prepared to receive tourists as Argentina or Chile, for not saying it's more...
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