Subway Sardines! Why don’t Asians value personal space?

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If you are of Chinese, Japanese, Korean -Asian, please sound off in the comments as to why Asians don't respect public personal space. Domo - Arigato. Xie Xie. 감사합니다

This series is called “Tokyo Compression” by Michael Wolf. Check his book and order it HERE

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  • hot carl

    I bet an erection would get you your personal space back.

    • PWNT

      Sir could you please pull out? This is my stop.

    • Raven

      Or get you some unwanted attention…

    • Rob

      An asian erection? Don't need much space for that

      • Royce

        well played Rob… well played.

      • your momma

        wouldnt need much room for yours either.

  • eroon

    superimpose 2's face on 5's body and we've got the beginnings of an asian porno

  • Ben

    In China, 'personal space' is a luxury that his gloriousness, Chairman Mao, declared an evil idea forced upon them by western devils. Must maximize time and efficiency.

    • anon

      Obviously you havent been th China. Beijing is a giant and sprawling city with very wide roads and sidewalks and plenty of room on transit. I feel more crowded NYC or Vancouver. Many people but also very large country. As to Chairman Mao- communism is gone in China in all but name. China is more free market than anywhere on the planet. The people make heaps of money, an the government gets to keep power because of it. Hong Kong may be crowded, but I have never seen it like this at any rush hour peak, same with Tokyo/Kyoto. Tons of people but tons of subway lines and trains. I rarely had to stand in any of these places let alone be squished, but I rearely get to sit in my morning commute in Vancouver.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JustinVincentHall Justin Hall

        Obviously you're talking out of your ass.

        Boy, you must be high because the above was the biggest load of shite I've ever read. China sure as hell doesn't possess the most free market on the planet. In fact, it falls below the world average on *every* economic freedom indicator, as indicated in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. Sure enough, its aggregated score puts it 140th in the world.

        1) Don't get Hong Kong and China mixed up.
        2) Don't confuse economic prosperity with free markets; the two aren't necessarily mutually inclusive.
        3) Stop smoing the weed.

  • Snicker

    A better caption would be: ASAINS Y U NO PERSONAL SPACE?

  • Andy C

    Actually, most Asian people have tremendous respect for personal space, which is why in situations such as the one pictured, they "switch off" and detach themselves from the experience. By way of comparison, the only difference between the Tokyo subway (as pictured) and certain lines on the London Underground during rush hour is that the Japanese at least have people to help get everyone in and get the doors closed.

    • yup

      Exactly, it's not like they have much of a choice, Tokyo is the biggest metropolitan area in the world, the public transportation systems are stressed to the max.

      • Foxy

        Then pose a new question. Why does Asian culture appear to have no concept of overpopulation?

        • Kevin

          Because Asians didnt have any Native Americans in their countries that they can exploit for land.

          • v4vendetta

            Native Americans were gypsies. You really think they would have had casinos to run by now if we didnt show up? No, some other europeans would have done it. Get over yourself you pussy.

            Japan had their attempt at a land/natural resources grab during WWII. China has land and natural resources, so whats their problem? You douche bag…

            • Six

              The problem is they have been at one pint socialist/commies…

          • USF Bull Rugger

            @Kevin:

            Actually, they do. They are called the Ainu and they were living in Japan before the "Japanese" people migrated to Japan from mainland Aisa. The Ainu are in fact as persecuted and ostricized as the Native American's were. Their culture is slowly fading and their people are slowly integrating in with the Japanese as the Native American's are doing here in the US. This story is not strictly limited to Japan either. Almost every Asian country has an indiginous people that were there before the culture after them…the story is the same everywhere…

            Just clarifying your somewhat ignorant statement…

  • tst4eko

    Those pics make my claustrophobia wake up & say NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Burp, derp

    12 million people, all trying to take the same train to work…you either cram in or you wait for the next one. But people keep coming, so you either cram in or wait longer…and so on.

    Why do Americans place such a high value on cheeseburgers and shooting each other? 😉

    • rick

      Bazinga

    • thatwasntthequestion

      Because we can (eat cheeseburgers and shoot each other). What's your f*cking point?

    • PWNT

      Actually cheeseburgers are only a dollar and only minorities shoot each other.:)

      • drea

        ya thats why most serial killers are white men right???

        • DaveyRay

          Hey, I'm a white male!
          …..And on a completely unrelated note, You sound cool! Let's hang out some time….where do you live?
          :)

          • drea

            537 Jones St., No. 8418
            San Francisco, CA 94102

        • McAwesome

          thats cause the white males are smart enough to get away to kill again

          • yea

            then explain to me about all the ones that kill their pregnant wives and all the pedophiles?

            • dutchie

              whites are a majority in 'Merica. Violent actions are consistent among all ethnic groups.

        • v4vendetta

          No that is not an actual statistic. There was a study on race of serial killers. While the white ones are more publicized, it is mainly because white people kill less despite numerical superiority.

          • Six

            You said white and superiority! I think the internet police is gonna get you.

    • kent

      We don't.

      Why do jealous ant-American f-tards place such high value on hypocritical, insanely idiotic and malformed political opinions?

      When you say Americans are shooting eachother, you probably like to think of white middle class gun owners doing it. Yet the vast majority of gun crime in the US is committed in very isolated pockets of the country, and the majority of murder is committed by the ethnic minorities, blacks and latinos… many of whom are not even Americans, they're illegal immigrants. And it's in gang violence, not just random people shooting their neighbors.

      • v4vendetta

        And their guns were not obtained/kept within the law.

      • Britt

        I wish I could "thumbs up" this more than once. Well said.

    • Guest

      It all part of the population control so we don't end up being packed in like asian countries.

  • chris

    From the looks of it, it's so they can sleep standing up.

  • http://thechive.com/ mattythegooch

    I will take my $50 a week in gas, solo commuter, in a German sports car driving to work, any fucking day!!!

    • greg

      yeah right, problem is in place like Tokyo, it would cost you something like 550$ every month to pay for your parking space, if you're living in a condo, and if you're living outside the city, it would take you too long to commute with your car.

  • stafferty

    Looks like every day is a great day for a walk/ bike ride.

    • Six

      Morning woody anyone?

  • UrgentCare

    It wouldn't be so bad if I was crammed in there with all lovely ladies with little to nothing on.
    "Grease me up and squeeze me in."

    • greg

      more and more line in Japan have "ladies only car" during rush hour in the morning. It happened to me once or twice to get in those cars, until i realized everybody ws looking at me, and that i was surrounded by girls. I changed car at the next stop…

  • Timothy

    I loved living in Japan because of this…. The funny thing was that because I was gaijin (foreigner) it was often that people went out of their way to avoid touching me on the trains.. In situations similar to those above this was very very nice!

    • Andrew

      yeah I had the same thing, I was on an 8 AM train from Chiba to Akihabara and it seemed they weren't trying to push up against me so hard

  • aye

    Let the anonymous, full-contact groping commence!

  • kamote

    we do value personal space , however these train companies value money more than our personal space so they force their priority onto us

  • Special_K

    I'm originally from China. Everybody there does want his own private space, like every American. It's a human thing, universal to every ethical group. But, the problem is, there is just not enough resource to accommodate that. For example, if you were a solider on a boat off Dunkirk shore, would you complain about your personal space? When it's considered LUCKY to get to work/home/etc on time, personal space has to be sacrificed.

    FYI, there are 128 million people in Japan, that island country the size of California. Do your math…

    • Mad D

      "Do your math"

      You know they are just going to go and copy your answer when you aren't looking.

    • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

      quit screwing.

    • GFHunter

      It's not my math, I have no idea where it came from!

  • peosh

    Can you imagine such overcrowding that you have no choice?

  • John S

    Only if Leo could please sound off in the comments as to why Leo doesn't respect other ethnicities…

    • http://www.thechive.com Leo

      Jason, I remember the first time I came to theCHIVE -I was shocked to see them make fun of all ethnicities, including 'Mericans. I do respect other cultures. I am also curious about why other cultures act a certain way (in this case, ridiculous), which is why I pose my question to an international audience -straight up, no bullshit: Why do Asian cultures place less value on personal space? Now get off my front porch, kid.

      • The Dude

        Have to agree with Leo on this. nothing racist in the post. Take your overly PC comments elsewhere good sir

        • http://www.facebook.com/JustinVincentHall Justin Hall

          The Dude, the only thing crammed here is your lips on Leo's ass.

          • The Dude

            As a wise cartoon once said there are three types of people in this world dicks, assholes and pussies. You sir are a pussy no one thought the comment was racist and showing this to the Asian girl you are trying to bang will not get you laid either because girls don’t like pussies. Maybe I am an ass and if that is the case I am glad because I fart in your general direction. Go change your tampon

      • John S

        In general, I love the Chive, I think that it's a fantastic website.

        However, almost every post on the Chive about "Asians" are labelled "fail" or "wtf".
        As an Asian, it gets kind of offensive to always see "wtf" or "fail" associated with being Asian.
        For example, there was a post back in August about a fire truck that crashed and it was blamed on an Asian driver when it had nothing to do with an Asian driver at all.

        I agree that this post isn't overly offensive and I am being a bit PC so my apologies but when virtually every post about being Asian is negative, it's a bit much. Are Asians an easier target? Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt that the Chive could make as many posts about stereotyping Blacks or Muslims. Maybe the Asian culture is less of a hot button topic.

        Many Asian cultures are very high on respect. It's not a lack of respect for personal space as it is a necessity due to overcrowding.

        Sorry about the rant.

      • yup

        Why is nowhere mentioned where these pictures came from? For anyone who cares: It's from a volume of photographs named "Tokyo Compression" (fitting, isn't? – no pun intended) by Michael Wolf.

      • Craven Morhead

        Ah yes, the moderator burn. Been awhile since I saw one of these. Surprised Leo & Company hasn't collected them all and made a post about them so we could bask in the gloriness of them all.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JustinVincentHall Justin Hall

        I'm calling bullshit.

        In the original post, Leo insinuated that Asians as an ethnicity do not respect personal space. That shit smacks of xenophobia. That would be like asking black people on TheChive why Africans enjoy famines, or English people why they have sex with Newcastle women.

        The correct question would be Leo's follow-up: "why do Asian cultures place less value on personal space?" That, in contrast, is entirely valid.

        • Awesome

          FUCK OFF JUSTIN BITCH HALL!!!! No one cares you're yellow. No one here thinks its racist. Its true. Most stereotypes and if you have a sense of humor you can laugh at, notonly others, but yourself as well. Get over it pussy. Eat a dick.

          • http://www.facebook.com/JustinVincentHall Justin Hall

            Whoa, whoa, whoa. Calm down there, round-eye.

            It's ironic that the two dudes who telling me to chill out and get a sense of humour are the ones that are calling me yellow or saying that I'm disagreeing just so I can bang an Asian girl.

            I called the post BS. Fair's fair. If theChive didn't exist, I'd be infinitely more productive at work, but it has come out with some stinkers, like manic GIFs. And if I'm not mistaken, people bitch about those, too. So chill out, dude. I'm not cursing your first born.

            • lonin

              "I'm not cursing your first born."

              WIN

              Half the reason I chek into the chive is for little gems like that in the comments.

      • http://yourmomma.com Mook

        Should just remove this John S post.
        Show him what a real dick moderator is like.
        As for lack of respect to other ethnicity, fuck that.
        You think after 10 plus years of people bitching about being politically correct we would all just tell these ass hats to shut the hell up and get over it. Humans make fun of humans and showing images, pointing out culture differences is not disrespectful.

        They act like you are showing multiple images of a specific race being shot in the head, burning, and laughing at them, posting how they are useless or genocide.

        John S suck a fat dick.

        • http://yourmomma.com Mook

          I also find it amusing when someone says something about another culture and is accused of being racist/disrespectful of another ethnicity. If you look at the simple points of this they are being judged for their opinion of judging. So remember point a finger four point at you… That was a saying I heard in grade school.

      • asdf

        I am korean, and I don't find it one bit funny that you made a huge assumption saying that we don't respect each other's personal space to try and create content.

        • Blargh

          Not only do you not respect each other's personal space, but you also have the worst pizza on the planet. Come back when you've fixed your country's pizza situation, then we'll talk.

    • Drel

      Hey I'm Filipino😀 we have subways too, and they are all damn crowded.. why? because people here always want to go first, and if they don't go in first they will force there asses to get in the train.. the worst thing is.. the guards on duty don't even care. i don't really know why. Thats why i have my own car.:)

      Chive On! from the Philippines!!!

      • Drel

        By the way they People here dont care about Personal Spaces.. Its the Truth.:)

        • http://burningdog.tumblr.com mabini

          drel – you're an idiot. from a real chiver in the philippines.

    • Gandalf..

      having a bit of fun is not rascist…Even we have fat ppl jokes here..

    • Why Not?

      You're just upset that Leo works at theChive and you don't………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..bitch

  • top dog

    Thats gotta be dangerous on a whole lotta levels. I wonder how many women get goosed per day.

    • Jen

      i would take the train solely for the purposed of getting "goosed"

    • Andrew

      they actually have a lot of signs in the trains and at the stations forbidding that, they call it "chikan", but I'm not sure they really enforce it, in some areas though in the rush hours they have women and children only cars that are safer, supposedly

  • Big Wang

    Dear America,

    Why you no value good taste by making Jersey Shore? We no like Ms. Snooki, where is classy ladies like Audrey Hepburn?

    Sincerely,
    China

    • titman

      Actually China, Audra Hepburn is not American, she was born in Ixelles, Belgium. A classy lady in deed.

    • DaveyRay

      Dear China,
      On behalf of a true American, I sincerely apologize for the likes of Snooki and their ilk. I'd rather French kiss a light socket than watch that IQ-sapping drivel like Jersey Shore.

      Your Humble Servant,
      TheTrue Wholesome Midwest American

  • Loke

    This is kind of a broad question.
    They do respect personal space more. In some places in Asia doing things like blasting your radio or yelling into your cellphone are expressly forbidden, especially on trains like this.
    I have seen just as bad in London on the underground and in Canada, sometimes even worse.

  • drea

    thank God i was born in the 'merica babeeee!!!

  • Gandalf..

    how does the guy in the middle of the compartment get down when his stop comes…?

    • Special_K

      You just ask other people to pardon you when you squeezing your way through.

      • matt

        PUSH

  • chinaman

    cause u fucking westerners colonized all the fucking land. we dont have enough space right now. ignorant racists

    • creamofsomeyoungguy

      I forgot about all the western colonies in Japan,… oh wait? Someone hasn't learned a single thing ever in their peoples history :O

    • http://yourmomma.com Mook

      Ching chang ching chong, bonnggggggggg… Eat a dog.

      Theres some racist remarks for ya.

    • anon

      LOL aybe you need to retake that colonial history course

  • CPO_Mendez

    I see nothing racist in this post. Asian people do value personal space. They value it so much they want to use every inch of it.

    • DaveyRay

      Nice attempt at moderation Mendez, but attempting to enlighten hatred infused sophomoric imbeciles like 'chinaman' is like trying to urinating into a thimble on the back of a running jack rabbit. If you pardon the vernacular it "Aint worth the piss"

      Cheers,
      Humble Wholesome Midwest American.

    • anon

      Agreed, but very odd misrepresentation of the reality. People need to get out of their lard assed country and go see for themselves.

  • chinaman

    think about why there are asians EVERYWHERE!! theres no space back home

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