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Old 02-06-2012, 11:01 PM
 
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A couple of major differences. In the US South, friendliness and hospitality are rather superficial, and not heartfelt, merely expressed because that is the expectation of the culture. Outsiders are viewed with suspicion, even with a guarded display of yall-come-back. In Mexico, any expression of friendship or hospitality represents a genuine desire to have a close and amicable relationship.

In Mexico, a stranger can wander around pretty freely in the countryside, without being seen as a trespasser, even on private property. But in the US South, a stranger on private property or even on a public road where pedestrians are uncommon, will always be challenged sternly and re required to account for himself, if not shot at.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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the south? no.

the southwest? yes.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:48 AM
 
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A couple of major differences. In the US South, friendliness and hospitality are rather superficial, and not heartfelt, merely expressed because that is the expectation of the culture. Outsiders are viewed with suspicion, even with a guarded display of yall-come-back. In Mexico, any expression of friendship or hospitality represents a genuine desire to have a close and amicable relationship.

In Mexico, a stranger can wander around pretty freely in the countryside, without being seen as a trespasser, even on private property. But in the US South, a stranger on private property or even on a public road where pedestrians are uncommon, will always be challenged sternly and re required to account for himself, if not shot at.
Wow, I also live in the South. I had no ideal the American South was more dangerous than Mexico. Who knew?
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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Yep, when I'm holding the door for someone I'm generally being fake as are most Southerners.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The 'fake Southerner' stereotype probably has gone too far...
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Yep, when I'm holding the door for someone I'm generally being fake as are most Southerners.


Yeh, we really like to "ham it up" in Oklahoma too!

Next time I'm holding the door for a lady I'll be honest with myself and remember that I really don't want to open it for for her, feigning a smile all the while.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Perry, UT
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Isn't there a Mexican influence in most states in the US? At least the ones that belonged to Mexico?
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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In Mexico, a stranger can wander around pretty freely in the countryside, without being seen as a trespasser, even on private property. But in the US South, a stranger on private property or even on a public road where pedestrians are uncommon, will always be challenged sternly and re required to account for himself, if not shot at.
Well, this is an outright lie.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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A couple of major differences. In the US South, friendliness and hospitality are rather superficial, and not heartfelt, merely expressed because that is the expectation of the culture. Outsiders are viewed with suspicion, even with a guarded display of yall-come-back. In Mexico, any expression of friendship or hospitality represents a genuine desire to have a close and amicable relationship.

In Mexico, a stranger can wander around pretty freely in the countryside, without being seen as a trespasser, even on private property. But in the US South, a stranger on private property or even on a public road where pedestrians are uncommon, will always be challenged sternly and re required to account for himself, if not shot at.
I'm going to go ahead and venture to say that you're a northerner or west coaster that has never been to The South or Mexico.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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Mmmm. Don't see it.

Basically, the criteria mentioned are at once vague and universal. Honor killings, Hospitality, Religiosity... All cultures share those values to one degree or another.
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