I quite often say "hi" to white folks in the lift at work or on the resident bus to/from the Gold Coast - particularly if sitting next to them. I always say "hi" to new faces in the marina - but we all talk to each other in the marina, it's one of the nice features of the place.
one thing i learned very quickly living here... just because they are white, it doesn't mean they speak english!
The women I mentioned are definitely British.
Yes but to not respond when someone smiles at you or says hello to your kid is quite cold isn't it? One woman in particular deliberately turns her head when approaching me - And no I'm not hideously deformed or anything!
i gave up saying hello when out and about after i tried to chat to some "english" looking people (about 12 years ago).... they were from czech republic!
that said, whenever i'm out and about, if i see someone with a guide book or map, i ALWAYS stop to see if they need help. just last week, i stopped at the bus stop in the country park and gave rides to two people to the mtr station.