posted on Aug, 11 2010 @ 08:56 PM
Probably the most important thing in cross-cultural stuff to realize about Canadians is, we have a very large "personal bubble." Maybe the largest
on the planet.
People standing or sitting too close, or worse talking very close while talking to us will prompt a Canadian to try to increase distance between them
and that person. Discreetly if possible, but maybe not if it is unexpected.
Touching while talking with strangers will prompt one to physically disengage as quickly as can be managed.
You might find this an odd thing to mention. I work in a very multi-cultural industry, and this one issue makes born/raised Canadians absolutely
We don't complain about it - but having a Ukrainian talk to you all friendly while touching your arm and standing with their face two inches from
your face.....its hard to think about anything they are talking about.
Same with someone from a ME culture. That static smile is one trying to figure out how to step back without triggering that person to step forward
into you again while trying to pretend you are listening, and how not to offend.
We smile and will make eye contact in public, and really don't think of any area as being "off-limits." This can cause people to become very
concerned for us.
However, in crowded situations we avoid eye contact as a means of increasing the personal bubble.
[edit on 2010/8/11 by Aeons]