This made me think. I definitely notice quite impressive differences in what some cultures think is a comfortable distance in personal space.
We hosted different young people from Japan at our Cali home over the years. After their first few days, I always ask what surprises them about our culture. They all say first that we give each other so much space in line. (The second thing they say is that they had expected all Americans to be fat and are surprised everyone is not.)
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