Don't have the time to comment in HUGE detail, but a lot of the concepts (not sure about all the details) in the article rang true...
When I went to Bangkok for a month last fall, it was interesting to me that many parts of the city looked run-down (with corrugated tin roofs) in a way that would resemble American slums, yet the reality was that I never really felt unsafe. I remember looking out the taxi window and thinking that if I were in the United States in a part of city that looked like that (with the run-down appearance, spray paint on the walls, vines growing on phone booths, etc.), I would never ever get out of the taxi nor would you find me in that part of town, I'd be terrified; but there I really didn't feel like it was dangerous in the same way at all that it would have been in the US.
I remember landing back at LAX after a month away and immediately I felt like I was in a 'colder' cultural climate. Just walking through the airport, I felt less like I was part of a country and more that I was in a collective of little detached individuals each basically living their own lives and trying not to step on everyone else's toes at best. In Thailand, I actually felt it to be genuinely warmer and more cohesive of a culture.
Finally, I'll say that it's funny that in the US we think we're overt and expressive with our emotions and whatever else, but I think we're actually a "cool" country compared to Latin America (for example); we aren't nearly as hot/open with our emotions as we think we are. In fact, I almost feel like the sex and violence pervasive in our entertainment industry is our way of expressing emotions that we are normally required to smother. Really, despite our reputation for smut entertainment, we're kind of prudes compared to the rest of the world in what image we allow to be shown in "respectable" society and just do the rest below-decks. Christian-based ethics really do dominate here, despite the moans of the more conservative folks who think we've been declining.
When the guy mentioned about how he'd go up to foreign women and be direct about his intentions but American women would freak out... well, yeah! I'd be anxious and put off with someone who was that direct, because in this culture it tends to earmark a particular type of guy I don't want to be involved with; maybe in another culture, those type of men have a different image and it doesn't mean the same thing it does here.
"Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft
Pfft, nice try, but everyone knows Canadians are too well-mannered to ever miss something like that. Not to mention it doesn't account for Mexico. Which, you simply cannot claim to it be Canadia's fancy shoes or something. It just doesn't work.