Fair lot of reading to be done if you google "Oriental inscrutability". And the link below has some very fair points. Something remains though of the notion that this inscrutability, even as a characteristic of Westerners, DOES remain. And how to deal with it?
"Cultural Mis-readings by American Reviewers" by Maxine Hong Kingston
Applying science to the myth of Oriental inscrutability
And: Asian babes (aka yellow fever <--- that's nasty!)
There's something about Lucy
Do me a favour. Call the SABC and ask if they can send me a copy of a documentary they showed at the end of June about a Chinese family from SA who go back to China to their old home town...
I'll pay good RMB for it.