India, Japan, China, Korea.
Some of the people there would not pretend to like you if they don't. Not to say everyone here is a hypocrite but the # is pretty high in the Midwest. Behind these smiles I see some levels of racism in their minds. I don't mind some level of stereotype -- people fear the unknown or the different -- it's understandable. For instance if they don't get enough tip in the restaurant, I'd rather they mention it instead of pretending. Some upscale places I went to, these waiters walk by and smile and do their best to pretend to be nice, but I still notice the level of service is different. The waiter is probably thinking to herself "another Asian family... probably no tip again...." I know most Asians to tend to give small or no tips -- it's just not a practice in Asia, but rather than assuming and keep pretending, just find a nice way to tell me tips are 15-20% and I'd happy to give. This one salon girl said to me naturally "hey if you think my service is good, a 20% tip is greatly appreciated". I gave her 25%.