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Old 10-19-2014, 10:50 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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From my experience in college, Vietnamese students are way more open to talk to other people than other groups from East Asia. It's almost much impossible to get into a group from Korea, China, or Hong Kong (ESPECIALLY Hong Kong). Vietnamese people here still tend to chill with other Vietnamese, but like, they don't limit themselves. Is there a reason as to why Vietnam is generally more accepting?
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:24 PM
 
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my guess is pure snobbery, people from Hong Kong probably look down on certain asian groups they consider below them in asian Hierarchy

they even look down on fellow Chinese if your not from HK, almost like a status symbol

like a Native New Yorker looking down on a recent immigrant or transplant from CA

so they do the same thing to anybody they consider not part of their group

another possibilty, maybe they dont like being bothered by you? maybe they feel your intruding and dont want to associate with you? lots of Americans do the same thing to asians
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I feel most rich people in Asia only like to have contact with people that have a lot of money too.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:22 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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Your title is misleading. I thought it's about people in Asia and not immigrants in the U.S.

Vietnamese love Westerners. At least Vietnamese in Vietnam. It's like an obsession sometimes. Hong Kong is developed. Maybe that's a reason. And Chinese people are generally to stupid to get past the propaganda their government feeds them.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:39 AM
 
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There are many students from China and Korea. Basically they don't have to make friends with others.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I don't think this is the case at all. The Asian students I met are all willing to know Westerners, regardless of nationalities.

Actually I'd say it's the Westerners that prefer to hang out with fellow Westerners, then Asian students would start to feel a bit intimidated then the whole thing just becomes a vicious circle.

English proficiency is also an important factor. Asian students are probably able to read and understand English quite well, but most usually don't speak that fluently.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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I don't think this is the case at all. The Asian students I met are all willing to know Westerners, regardless of nationalities.

Actually I'd say it's the Westerners that prefer to hang out with fellow Westerners, then Asian students would start to feel a bit intimidated then the whole thing just becomes a vicious circle.

English proficiency is also an important factor. Asian students are probably able to read and understand English quite well, but most usually don't speak that fluently.
I tend to agree with this.

Most Asians students are more than happy to make western friends, but are American students for example easy to be friends with? My experience says no. They are friendly on the surface, and most are not really patient enough to look past differences and show true interest in making friends with Asians or learning about different cultures.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:53 AM
 
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my guess is pure snobbery, people from Hong Kong probably look down on certain asian groups they consider below them in asian Hierarchy

they even look down on fellow Chinese if your not from HK, almost like a status symbol
Maybe 20 years ago when China still looked up to Hong Kong.
Today, most Chinese don't envy Hong Kong at all (yes, they still love HK passports because it offers a lot more freedom). There are more opportunities and people make more money as well. In reality, there is really little in Hong Kong people can't have in other Chinese cities. White collar jobs pay as much in Shanghai as in HK, if not more.

20 years ago, a Chinese celebrity will gain more glamour if she could act in a HK movie. Nowadays, HK celebrities can hardly make a career without winning some sort of popularity in Mainland China.

In the past 20 years, HK really lost most of its snobbery rights they think they were born with.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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my guess is pure snobbery, people from Hong Kong probably look down on certain asian groups they consider below them in asian Hierarchy

they even look down on fellow Chinese if your not from HK, almost like a status symbol

like a Native New Yorker looking down on a recent immigrant or transplant from CA
I've never met a HKer to be snobbish. What OP said simply is not completely true. HK students are just as willing to socialize as any other Asian students. Actually from my experience, they're the more willing group(relatively speaking) as they generally speak better English thus are less afraid of chatting with Westerners.

Likewise I have never met a single Chinese student suffering from inferior complex. Most of them are nothing but humble, sweet, and generous. They most definitely have nothing against HKers(or Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, American...etc. for that matter), unlike...you.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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If you go to a library in an American university, you will see kids of the same race sit together.

Honestly, I think a lot of activities of American youth (and maybe adults) are about "getting laid". Sticking to the same race may help.
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