Seppuku, yes I am generalising. And why not. There's a wide gap between the way people consciously think they should feel, and the way they really feel. There's no conflict in what I'm saying. Yes, people are different, but not so different that generalisations can't be made. I'm spanish, and I have no problem with generalisations because often they're true. Spanish people (and people from spanish speaking countries) really do think and act in a certain way. Not always but there are cultural pattersns. The british have a way too. There is such a thing as a national psyche, what I would call a pool of behaviours and traits which are common in that group, and which each individual draws their own combination from, and often you get the same or similar patterns.
Another point is racism. In britain, they are very very wary indeed about making comments which could be construed as racist, but in other cultures, you don't have that. Here's an example. I was watching spanish tv a while back, and it was some sort of entertainment show with a house band. The bass player was black. Someone on the stage was talking about carrots, and made some joke about if you eat carrots you get a tan. Then he looked at the bass player and made some comment about him having had more than his fair share of carrots. The black guy himself was the first to laugh, and the audience laughed. In britain there would be an outcry, a scandal. Britain is extremely paranoid about racism (I mean white people). I've overheard black people on the street talking about "the white man" in a very casual way, and I like their honesty and openness. They don't have such hangups. By contrast, there are white people who can't even say the word "black" and make themselves look foolish by referring to "coloured people". It's silly.