Lo, another UNcubed – answering that perennial question:
Why do Asian men walk in front of their wives?
Of course, you’re always welcome to share your thoughts on “why” in the comments below.
Thank you for explaining cultural difference I could not quite comprehend while meandering in the local shopping malls. I thought it was just me noticing……
The best scenario I witnessed was a couple on a bus – the man sitting in the seat in front of his wife. Despite this, they continued to have their conversation, both shouting (amicably) so that the other could hear. Ahhh, sometimes I really miss Asia…
I’m not sure I noticed that in India… I mean, when my wife, who’s Indian, and I walked around (and so far we haven’t been together anywhere except India (which should change at JFK in two weeks)) it’s generally been side-by-side, or usually her in front as she was in more of a hurry than me (except in the book store, that’s my domain!) and more brave about crossing the busy streets while I hesitate (and I’ve been hit before, more than once, so I tend to be overly cautious about street crossings).
Otherwise, when I was last somewhere with my brother-in-law and his wife, me and him walked slower while his wife and her cousin were both far ahead of us…
And then there were a few elderly couples who lived on the same street as me the used to go for their walks together, they always walked side-by-side. Though the men usually stopped while the women walked three times around the mandir in the alley next to our apartment building.
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