thelostdragon wrote:Brad, it must seem unbelievable and maybe even stupid to someone who has never experienced it.
Pretty much. I wouldn't say stupid. I'm proven time and time again the poorer people are, the more generous and kind they are. It should be the other way around but isn't.
I once met a Japanese/Korean couple in Vietnam, chatted with them over e-mail (although a not huge amount) and when I visited Japan in 2009 I was shocked to find he'd moved out for the week (he stayed at work) and gave me his flat. They didn't "really" know me from Adam.
It's definitely an Asian thing. It seems weird on one hand to lump all Asians under the same name (Middle East, South Asian, South East Asian, Far East are hardly ethnically the same) but Asians do all seem to share the same belief for family and giving to strangers, we don't in the West. Our family beliefs are certainly vastly different. I'm not saying the Asia way is better per se but different.