n. A person who is especially interested in foreign cultures, languages, and people. This usually develops through education and research about the varied accomplishments--artistic , linguistic, political, martial, architectural--of cultures not their own. Unlike such specimens as the Wapanese
or the rice queen
, xenophiles are not motivated by jungle fever
, yellow fever
or spice fever
. Of course, xenophiles often display some romantic appreciation for the denizens of the culture/s in which they are interested.
may be a xenophile, though not all xenophiles are Orientalists
. Xenophiles are often polyglot
s and learn different languages and writing systems. A xenophile is the opposite of a xenophobe
Much to their chagrin, xenophiles are commonly asked such questions as "What do you see in (insert name of country)?" or "Why do you like ________ people so much?"
Being extremely old, full and varied, the cultures of India and China are popular among xenophiles.