This is an interesting and enduring enough of a phenomenon to deserve a thread of its own, I think.
Men of the European race have, over the past 500 years, spread to every corner of the world and settled there. While we are all human, what has struck Europeans more than anything else is how very DIFFERENT the other races of the world were and are from ourselves.
Some civilized in their own fashion, like the Aztecs with their glittering cities of gold (human sacrifices aside), or the Chinese, with their detailed rites and perplexingly complex writing system. Some were bluntly savages, from the Zulus and Hottentots of Southern Africa to the imbecilic native Australians to the terrifying man-eaters of New Guinea.
In the case of the Chinese, the Japanese, and the Koreans, Europeans mostly found them admirably disciplined and dilligent in their own fashion. However, for the most part, they found them socially difficult to deal with. They were by our standards too easily offended, dull, and incurious. By theirs, we were rude, arrogant, and unreliable. This did not mean that the races could not get along, of course: in Hong Kong, Macau, Nagasaki, Taiwan, the Dutch East Indies and elsewhere Europeans and Asiatics found themselves working together. They learned our languages, some of us learned theirs. There have been many interracial marriages, and of course many Asians live in the West and a smaller number of Europeans have made Asia their home.
But what I find curious is that Europeans dealing with Africans, the natives of Central and South America and other places seem to be happy ACCEPTING THAT WE ARE NOT THE SAME. The Spaniards who settled in the ruins of the Inca Empire remained just that, Spaniards, even those who learned the native tongue and took native wives. Germans in Namibia are just that, Germans. Afrikaners living in the Northern Cape cheerfully learn some or even a great deal of their servants' tongue, but the fact that they themselves remain just that, Afrikaners of white blood is a self-evident fact that they cannot and would never change.
Europeans in Asia (and indeed, whites in Western lands!) seem different, though. TPost too long. Click here to view the full text.