Malaysia's Star Online runs an interesting (if somewhat fluffy) article on Malaysian cosplay.
Weird stares and snide remarks aside, cosplaying does help improve interpersonal skills. Introverts who want to shed their shy image and take on a more outgoing/outspoken personality should give cosplaying a try as it requires one to interact with enthusiasts and photographers alike. Being photogenic isn’t enough; you must have the guts to pose in front of the camera acting like your cosplay character!
The Filipino cosplay scene is also pretty active. Good to see emerging forms of consumer evangelism break through the shyness programmed into many Asian cultures.