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Old 07-29-2014, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Because Westerners in general are just too overconsiderate thanks to (over)protective parents and decent-good education.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Cumberland County, NJ
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Here in the USA, I notice recent Mexican and Indian immigrants usually stare a lot, it is definitely something cultural. I think it is rude, it drives me nuts. I don't get it, never will.
I agree, it definitely a cultural thing. I can understand having eye contact when your talking to someone but when it's a stranger and you are just staring at them, I do find it rude and a little awkward.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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I don't know if this is more specific to the Anglosphere or Northern Europe, I would say Italy might be different, but I notice here or say in the UK, people are generally very shy of eye contact. NOT that I go around staring at people or trying to catch their eyes, I'm shy too and act like everybody else, but I notice in Asia, whether it be South, Southeast or East Asia, people often have no qualms about staring, or at least making extended eye contact (which can freak some western tourists out). I'm of Asian ancestry myself but Australian, so am culturally a westerner, so I could notice the difference.

Maybe it's to do with personal space? A more individualistic, private society? In many cultures people are also more open with their non-sexual affection. Being physical with male friends for instance in India or Korea for instance.
I don't notice that. Perhaps they're avoiding eye contact with you personally? People always look at me like they know me. It's weird.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:18 PM
 
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I don't know if this is more specific to the Anglosphere or Northern Europe, I would say Italy might be different, but I notice here or say in the UK, people are generally very shy of eye contact. NOT that I go around staring at people or trying to catch their eyes, I'm shy too and act like everybody else, but I notice in Asia, whether it be South, Southeast or East Asia, people often have no qualms about staring, or at least making extended eye contact (which can freak some western tourists out). I'm of Asian ancestry myself but Australian, so am culturally a westerner, so I could notice the difference.

Maybe it's to do with personal space? A more individualistic, private society? In many cultures people are also more open with their non-sexual affection. Being physical with male friends for instance in India or Korea for instance.
How strange- I have had the opposite experience. I think Americans stare alot. I have lived in many Asian communities and feel that they rarely make eye contact. I was just at a Korean restaurant and a Japanese market yesterday and no one looked at me.

Mexicans do make eye contact and generally greet people, including strangers. It is considered very rude in our culture to ignore people. Even when you are in a restaurant, sometimes strangers will smile at you and say 'buen provecho' while passing by. This means something like 'enjoy your meal.' I love that, though I think it is getting lost with the younger cultures.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:00 AM
 
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How strange- I have had the opposite experience. I think Americans stare alot. I have lived in many Asian communities and feel that they rarely make eye contact. I was just at a Korean restaurant and a Japanese market yesterday and no one looked at me.

Mexicans do make eye contact and generally greet people, including strangers. It is considered very rude in our culture to ignore people. Even when you are in a restaurant, sometimes strangers will smile at you and say 'buen provecho' while passing by. This means something like 'enjoy your meal.' I love that, though I think it is getting lost with the younger cultures.
I think Japanese and Koreans are a little different to other Asians like Chinese, Southeast Asians and South Asians and Middle Easterners particularly. Haven't been to Korea or Japan but met many of them, and yeah they tend to be as shy about eye contact as many in the West.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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I think Japanese and Koreans are a little different to other Asians like Chinese, Southeast Asians and South Asians and Middle Easterners particularly. Haven't been to Korea or Japan but met many of them, and yeah they tend to be as shy about eye contact as many in the West.
So you think the Chinese stare a lot? What other Asian cultures? Vietnamese people don't make eye contact either so what Asians are you referring to?

I think people are so paranoid. When I have come across people who stare at me I just say hi. They usually smile and say hi back. Sometimes I have been given compliments, I don't see it as a big deal.
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