In which country do people traditionally look at the neck of the person they are having a conversation with.The options are: a. India b. Korea c. Puerto Rican d. Japan

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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a challenging question. I was only able to select choice D, Japan based on the fact that eye contact is considered impolite

  • It is considered disrespectful to stare into another person's eyes, particularly those of a person who is senior to you because of age or status.
  • . In crowded situations the Japanese avoid eye contact to give themselves privacy.

Many Asian cultures have a variety of non-verbal expressions related to privacy, status and respect. Many of these gestures involve avoiding eye contact, who initiates the bow, or who initiates the handshake. Japan has a visitors' guide for these non-verbal expressions and their meanings for non-natives of Japan.

If one gazed toward the neck, then one could thereby avoid making eye contact.