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I live in Shanghai. It's the most non-violent city I've ever lived in. Where I come from there isn't a single city as safe as this one.|
Dogs are shaped by their masters.
In America, the dogs often can not look each other in the eye without fighting. An aggressive dog will not tolerate another dog looking into his eye. It's the same for aggressive people. In America, we can look at each other if we are talking to one another, but we can not stare at strangers. We can look, but when they look in our direction we have to shift our gaze away, this is second nature for us.
In China, people can continue to look at you even when you notice them looking. Western foreigners like me feel offended by this because we are not used to it. Where we come from, it is considered threatening and we will often challenge the person staring at us with at least a sarcastic "can I help you?" or even an invitation to duel, "you wanna do somethin?"
In China, people don't seem threatening to each other. Here they can look at each if they are curious. It's a less aggressive culture.
I think the dogs have learned from their masters. In China, I rarely see the dogs here threatening each other. In American, so often you must keep them separated to prevent a violent clash. It's true that on the bad side of every city in America the dogs are very dangerous while in the milder areas of America, the dogs are correspondingly milder.
Not all Chinese cities are as safe as Shanghai. Just as dogs tend to be shaped by their masters, coincidentally, in Hong Kong the dogs are more violent.