Glad I could help in some small way! If it's a provincial village, and he hasn't met anyone, all they'll be basing their judgement on stories and pictures, not on actual interaction. Which, for most people, may mean suspicion at first, but some will more willing to accept the actual person once they see past the image.
(I was raised in a small, provincial village. Pretty much all Europeans, except for the one Chinese family. One time a black guy got off the boat, and people actually gathered to stare. Not my family: My mother was horrified- you don't stare at people for the way they look! You don't make the poor guy feel like a zoo exhibit! If you're not inviting him for dinner, leave him to go about his business. And, just as important, don't act like a yokel!)