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Old 04-24-2014, 07:58 PM
 
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For me, it's Japan by a mile. The Japanese may not be known to smile that much or chat with you for lack of English skills, but if you ask for help from random strangers, they are among the most helpful without expecting anything whatsoever in return.

 
Old 04-25-2014, 10:42 PM
 
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Bali or Sri Lanka had the most genuinely friendly people of countries I've been to. In Bali they just seemed full of smiles, happy to talk to you and surprisingly for such a touristy-place few people ripping you off like Thailand. In Sri Lanka complete strangers would often converse with you out of genuine curiousity/friendliness and hospitality. I was invited by a bunch of young people to play cricket with them, and another man, when the internet cafe was closed, invited me to his house to use the internet! Another older man invited me for a meal at his home but alas i could not make it.


I've heard the Philippines and Cambodia might qualify too, as well as maybe the rest of Indonesia? Most Filipinos and Indonesians, and Malays to an extent, seem quite genuinely friendly.
Filipinos in Philippines are friendly, Filipinos in America are [Mod cut]. I would say White Americans on average are friendlier than Filipino Americans.

Go to any Bay Area suburb that has a high percentage of Filipino Americans and you will not encounter a lot friendly people.

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Old 04-25-2014, 11:16 PM
 
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Filipinos in Philippines are friendly, Filipinos in America are [Mod cut]. I would say White Americans on average are friendlier than Filipino Americans.

Go to any Bay Area suburb that has a high percentage of Filipino Americans and you will not encounter a lot friendly people.
I haven't met any Filipino Americans, just Filipinos from the Phils. Culturally, I consider Americans just American. Like I once met a Chinese American on the plane (3rd generation) and to me she was of course just American, not Chinese.

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Old 04-30-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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Indians.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 02:55 PM
 
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I think we are missing something important here. We only care about who is more friendly, and forgot "being friendly to WHOM"?

Most westerners left Taiwan and Hong Kong with an excellent impression thinking wow these people are really friendly and nice, eager to help and try their best to speak English. Well, in many cases, they are friendly because you are white. If you are a dark skinned person, from south or southeast Asia, or Africa, or the Americas, the local people may react quite differently.

I myself have heard many stories about how the Philippinos were treated by Taiwanese. And how Hong Kong sales ladies treat Mandarin speaking visitors.

Let's face a harsh reality here: many (I can't say most) Asians are racists. What a white person experiences can be completely different from a person with darker skin.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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From my experiences most Asians are fairly nice people, but some are harder to open up to strangers. Northern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean often times appear cold or perhaps even mean to strangers, but start talking to them and that will change. This is from a white Americans experience, which again from my experience I never recieved any hatred for. I've travelled china extensively and only had one person ever be mean to me. That was in Shanghai, and I believe was a rare occurrence. I've had little experience with Thais, Malays, and Indians. All nice, but while Indians seem nice I wouldn't trust them. Again, not as much experience with those nationalities.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 03:55 PM
 
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I found Cambodian the most friendly in SE asia.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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I think we are missing something important here. We only care about who is more friendly, and forgot "being friendly to WHOM"?

Most westerners left Taiwan and Hong Kong with an excellent impression thinking wow these people are really friendly and nice, eager to help and try their best to speak English. Well, in many cases, they are friendly because you are white. If you are a dark skinned person, from south or southeast Asia, or Africa, or the Americas, the local people may react quite differently.

I myself have heard many stories about how the Philippinos were treated by Taiwanese. And how Hong Kong sales ladies treat Mandarin speaking visitors.

Let's face a harsh reality here: many (I can't say most) Asians are racists. What a white person experiences can be completely different from a person with darker skin.
Interesting, I found Taiwanese friendly (moreso than mainland China) and I'm Asian in appearance, but Australian too, so maybe that changed things?

That's a pity. I know some Singaporeans treat them the same way. When at a little grocery store in Singapore I remember the lady storekeeper being very irritated because I didn't understand Mandarin.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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From my experiences most Asians are fairly nice people, but some are harder to open up to strangers. Northern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean often times appear cold or perhaps even mean to strangers, but start talking to them and that will change. This is from a white Americans experience, which again from my experience I never recieved any hatred for. I've travelled china extensively and only had one person ever be mean to me. That was in Shanghai, and I believe was a rare occurrence. I've had little experience with Thais, Malays, and Indians. All nice, but while Indians seem nice I wouldn't trust them. Again, not as much experience with those nationalities.
Never found the Japanese cold or mean, sometimes reserved, but some have been extremely extroverted and they often try to be friendly, ask questions.etc. They seem more open than Koreans in general actually.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 12:57 PM
 
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Interesting, I found Taiwanese friendly (moreso than mainland China) and I'm Asian in appearance, but Australian too, so maybe that changed things?

That's a pity. I know some Singaporeans treat them the same way. When at a little grocery store in Singapore I remember the lady storekeeper being very irritated because I didn't understand Mandarin.
thats one of the main reasons they may seem unfriendly, it's the language barrier, they dont understand you and you dont understand them and they tend to get annoyed by the poor communication so they simply rather not do business

if you speak their language you will get 100% better treatment

if somebody came into your business and only spoke arabic , you would probably just tell them you cant help them and appear rude to them
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