17 April 2013
Plymouth professor studies Asian spitting behaviour
A professor from Plymouth is to travel round Asia studying differing cultural attitudes towards spitting in public.
Ross Coomber, who is a professor of sociology at Plymouth University, will spend about a month visiting six Asian countries.
He said people should take historical and cultural influences into account before forming opinions about those who spit.
He added, in many nations it was an accepted part of their lifestyle.
Prof Coomber said: "In India and Indonesia, for example, spitting involving different forms of chewing juices is common.
"While in China, many people view spitting as a cleansing action for the body. (...)
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