英语口语：Touchy Feely 露骨地表示情
Nick: You’ve lived in three different parts of theworld, so is there any difference between each part interms of physical contact?
Cheryl: Yeah, I have lived in Hong Kong, Guam, andthe U.S. Hong Kong is in Asia. Guam is in the middleof the Pacific Ocean, and the U.S. is American culture.So in Hong Kong I think most people would nottouch each other, just give each other a little bow. Ifind that a bow is very common in Asia. If you’revery good friends, you wouldn’t really hug. Hugging I think is a very American thing to do. Ithink you would just touch each other on the shoulder, or give each other a side embrace. Amini-hug. In Guam, you would definitely greet your friends and family with a kiss on the cheek.A handshake is much too formal for island culture because Island culture is so relaxed andlaid-back. You would only do a handshake with business partners or in a really formal setting,but usually a kiss on the cheek is what you receive and give when you see your family andfriends. In the U.S., hugging is most common I think for friends and family, but if you’re notfriends and family, a handshake would probably be the most common.
Nick: Is a handshake always the same or is there different styles of handshake?
Cheryl: From what I’ve observed, Guam has American culture so Guam handshakes and U.S.handshakes are the same. I think in Hong Kong, it’s got a bit of a British background, so that’salso very similar. I don’t see any difference with the handshake.
Nick: So, what about young people? Is there a different way they interact physically with eachother?
Cheryl: Yes, definitely. In Guam, I always see people do a fist bump for close buddies of theirs.Girls would definitely hug and give each other a kiss. In Hong Kong, I don’t see the fist bumpoften. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it at all actually, but for close friends, I think a side embrace,or a semi-embrace would happen, but mostly just some form of touch or acknowledgement ofthe other person. I think it’s also very common for people of the same sex to hold hands inAsia and just be friends. Woman and woman hold each others hand if they are very, very, verygood friends, and it’s apparently very normal. I don’t know about a guy holding another guy’shand, but if a woman and a woman hold each other’s hands, it does not signal that they aretogether as a couple. It might just signal that they are very, very good friends or sisters.
Nick: In Australia that would be very strange.
Cheryl: Yes, it would, wouldn’t it. Even in America and Guam.