Excellent control: Singapore started off following Western (mal)practice on the Mask Question, but after reversing stance, mask wearing became universal to an extent that didn’t occur in the US or any North European nation.
This pattern also checks out within races in the US – Latinos (87%) are higher than Whites (62%) or Blacks (69%), whose numbers are probably comparable after adjusting for Whites being more rural; while Asians are highest of all (89%).
There’s interesting psychology research which suggests the instinct for these behaviors is something ingrained from birth:
White babies started to cry more easily, and once they started, they were more difficult to console. Chinese babies adapted to almost any position in which they were placed; for example, when placed face down in their cribs, they tended to keep their faces buried in the sheets rather than immediately turning to one side, as the Caucasian babies did. They briefly pressed the baby’s nose with a cloth, forcing him to breath with his mouth. Most white (and black) babies fight this maneuver by immediately turning away or swiping at the cloth with their hands, and this is reported in Western pediatric textbooks as normal. While the average Chinese baby would simply lay on his back, breathing through the mouth, accepting the cloth without a fight. There are movies of this: they are apparently quite striking, and should be on YouTube. I talked to a prof who showed these movies to students in a class at an Ivy league university: they really, really hated it. They should emigrate to a different reality – one of those probability lines outside the Blight, full of butt-kicking pixies, avuncular gay men, Melanesian super-hackers, and female Fields medalists. And unicorns.
Later, he looked at Navajo babies: they’re like Chinese, only more so.
Latinos being most a mix of indigenous American and Iberians (on whom see later), their high mask compliance is not surprising.
So is it just a Mongoloid vs. Caucasoid question? I suspect there may be intra-White differences too, since European data suggests that compliance in Spain and Italy is at basically East Asian levels, whereas the Nordics are at the other extreme.
(There are no Slav countries in this sample, but I will say that even in Moscow, compliance – having initially started high – soon plummeted, and is now at around 30% in supermarkets and public transport, and close to 0% in the streets. I have heard anecdotal reports that it was a similar story in places like Poland and Ukraine, where initial compliance was very high but was abandoned after 1-2 months).
Could mask ease be some side effect evolves in peoples with longer history of agriculture in general?
Greater psychological comfort with public anonymity?
I do think there’s something to it. I am good friends with one Greek [M] – Anglo/German [F] couple in London, where the man is fine with wearing a mask, something that he puts on and forgets about after a while, whereas the woman is very uncomfortable, reporting feelings of stress and “suffocation”. A Spanish Twitter user replies to me that it’s the same with him and his Finnish wife.
Personally, I am very much in the former category (perhaps due to my 35% non-EE ancestry).
However, internalizing these observations, it does sort of become easier to see why North European-descended right-wing types, who tend to be higher in disagreeableness and psychopathy than the population average in the first place, tend to react so aggressively to being “told to wear the mask.”
That said, one can observe such behavior even amongst Mongoloids, if far more rarely:
— RT (@RT_com) July 18, 2020
But even such extremes are informative. So far as I know, no East Asian shop workers have been murdered for telling their customers to put on a mask, as has happened several times in the US, as well as with a bus driver in France.