John Riggs wrote:
....he couldn't deal with bowing....Is it American arrogance? Do we have problems with repecting other cultural beliefs?
A relevant question had the incident occured in Japan. But couldn't we turn the question around: Why don't the Japanese respect our cultural beliefs and drop the bowing abroad?
Personally I like bowing, but I would be quite content if we dropped it and shook hands instead....and bowing to pictures?!
(Too many times while living in Jp did I see Jpn corner innocent foreigners whom they had known all of 15 seconds and begin harping at them about how important it is to act as Romans when in Rome. How much do we see this with Jpn teachers here?)