Cautious Asian Drivers

I was driving down the road in the middle lane when this van in front of me stopped. About 400 yards ahead, two fire engines were pulled over to the side beside a nursing home. Impatient, I turned left into the next lane and continued on with my journey. As I passed the stopped van, I looked in and saw an Asian driver. As I moved on, the driver slowly got going and followed me cautiously.

Why are Asians such cautious drivers? I think I understand now that I’ve read J. Philippe Rushton’s classic, Race, Evolution and Behavior:

Noncognitive personal qualities were likely selected along with intelligence, either as a necessary concomitant feature or because additional advantages were conferred. In the most ^-selected populations there would not only be increased brain size and intelligence, but also a reduction in personal and sexual competitiveness including the size of breasts, buttocks, and male genitalia. Decreased emphasis on personal and sexual competitiveness and more emphasis on parenting and personal restraint would allow greater complexity of social organization and increment the number of children successfully raised to reproductive maturity.

K-strategy populations generate centralized social systems with regulated communication networks in which individuals initially compete for position but subsequently gain access to resources dependent on their place in the hierarchy. Less K-strategy populations generate relatively less centralized organizations in which the important lines of communication are face-to-face and in which personal dominance matters, because each time resources become available they are competed for anew, in an opportunistic scrambling fashion.

In other words, Asians tend to be more cautious and thoughtful than whites and other groups in all sorts of life decisions such as sex.

This morning, when I was parking my car, I noticed somebody wanting to fit into the space behind me, so I moved up a couple of feet to make this easier for them. When I got out of my car, the Japanese driver behind me got out and gave me a genuine thank you.

I like walking around a Japanese neighborhood. It has little crime and everyone is polite. Their homes and yards are well maintained.

The LA Times reports: “Puzzling silence after woman’s fatal beating Witnesses who watched Kim Pham being kicked to death outside a Santa Ana club are clamming up rather than cooperating with police.”

It’s not so puzzling. Asians tend to be cautious and so they’re less likely to talk to the police and to get into controversies and lawsuits. This is also part of the tribal mentality — keep quiet and keep things within the group.

According to Rushton: “The problem of interracial violence is overwhelmingly one of black assaults on whites. While more than 97 percent of white criminals victimize white people, up to 67 percent of black criminals also victimize white people. According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics for 1987, 200 million whites committed 87,029 violent assaults on blacks while nearly 30 million blacks committed 786,660 violent attacks on whites. This averages out to 1 out of every 38 blacks violently assaulting a white in one year, and only 1 out of every 2,298 whites assaulting a black. The black criminals preference for white victims is at least 60 times that of the white criminals preference for black victims.”

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