Saturday, April 12, 2014
Americans in Foreign lands
One of the many options of topics that we are supposed to talk about before we leave for London includes stereotypes of Americans to people of other countries, which might be a great thing to consider before being immersed in their culture and by their people. A stereotype that I think is fairly popular is that we are, as a culture egotistical. That all that we care about are things related to the U.S. If you watch CNN, FOX, or MSNBC, or other American news sources, most of them involves American news stories, or news in countries that America has interest in. Also that we routinely forget that one of our main sports (American Football) is based on a major international sport (Rugby). Some other stereotypes includes things like we tend to be uneducated. I have also heard of fat and lazy (though I have also heard more recently heard working). One I have found funny is that we can’t hold liquor. Anyway another stereotype that I learned from a few Youtube videos and from one of the predeparture class that I found weird is apparently we are very easily picked out a crowd since we are loud. We also tend to have less of a physical boundary then they do in other areas. We were told when we were kids about “our personal space”. Well, apparently we invade other people’s personal space more than people in other countries. So I am going to have to keep these in mind while I am in London.