Originally Posted by QBNCGAR
No, not at all...just wanted to offer up the point that racism/discrimination knows no bounds. There's a global image of Asians being very polite, respectful, passive (almost submissive), and introverted...this week's lesson from current events: "Don't judge a book by it's cover."
Not sure I would lump "very polite and respectful" in the list of racial attributes that describe Asians. Partly because I think it is another useless attempt to stereotype, and partly because my personal experience says it is not true.
My personal experience while on travel indicates they have their customs, which they abide by rather inflexibly. When their customs clash with the customs of others, Asians are no more likely to notice their behavior is out of line than, say, the Ugly Americans. So, like any other group, Asians are pretty well represented by the good, the bad and the ugly and to suggest otherwise is, well, racist.
A specific example - traveling by air in some of the European airports where a bus lets off all the passengers getting on the specific plane out on the paved area of the airport where planes park. Lining up in single file is not an Asian custom, apparently, among some Asians. So, they butt in at the foot of the stairs, coming at 90 degrees to the rest of the non-Asians lined up single file, aimed at the stairway. Even though they have assigned seats and only the number people getting on the plane are on the bus so there is no reason for anxiety over getting your seat before the plane leaves.
There are other peculiarities, especially in the technical aspect of doing business with Asians. I have learned it is the Americans or Europeans in those cases who must adapt to the Asian customs even when the Asians are not the customer.