but i really think the chinese take the cake on that particular issue.
I have to say that I think you're wrong, first generation chinese kids mix very well with English kids and the most mixed partners Ive seen in my city are chinese girls with English guys, they also have flawless regional accents, the only way of telling they are chinese is because of their features. The are 100% westernised in dress and ways. (off topic but I had to mention this)
even if you do follow the gossip on tv and at your workplace a bit too much ;).
Surely you get this in every country? But I agree the topic of conversation amongst a lot of Brits is somewhat limited, I remember the first Christmas my brothers now wife spent with the family and was overwhelmed because of the conversation - its mainly politics and about whose read what!
I'm not justifying their behavior in anyway but "normal" people can start acting "funny" for a reason and "reason" could be as simple as misunderstanding of intension and/or expectations.
I believe Jysty 100% a friend of mine (Polish) moved in with a couple and another guy, the couple are complete tw*ts to him - he's pretty laid back and they do everything possible to make his life miserable - he's been threatened a couple of times by her boyfriend and he is such a nob, he said one time I was round there "I am the Landlord you will do as I say" I was shocked, he collects the rent, nothing more! Pathetic little power trips! The girlfriend left a list as long as my arm (Ive got very long limbs) of things he could do and not do and things he could use and not use! Ive never come across this with English people who share with other people...