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How Various People of The World View Americans


Story of Stereotype

Carelessness: With dress, possession, time, money. rules, manners, ceremonies, nature, relationships, politics, and more.

  • Generous/Hospitable: As victors in war, as neighbours, as UN benefactors.
  • Self Indulgent: Pursuing material things.
  • Sentimental/Romantic: Prone to extremes in emotional expression; open.
  • Materialistic: Usually honest; ambition and success are paramount; vastness.
  • Confident and Self-confident: Even brash, yet demand almost too much of self.
  • Complacent Yet Arrogant: Ethnocentric, embarrassingly so; misunderstand honor.
  • Colonists: Ethnocentrically imperialistic; disregard for other systems; overly proud of own systems.
  • Competitive Yet Egalitarian: A paradox to most in children to adult varieties; class and rank may be temporary; no real aristocracy.
  • Resourceful: combining all of the above; lovers of common sense and results, inventions, innovation, and flexibility; “now” oriented.
  • Independent and Difference: Individually feeling not to :fit other’s mold,” but fiercely if encroached upon as an American.
  • Pace of Life: The emphasis in America on punctuality and efficiency is often distressing to people from Africa, Asia, and Latin Countries.
  • Friendship: Americans are gregarious on the first meeting, and this is often misinterpreted as an intended deep friendship.
  • Service and Egalitarianism: because of a general absence of subservience in the United States, visitors find many waiters, taxi driver, bellboys, and other service employees what they consider as too egalitarian. In their home countries, the relationship would be, by American standards. Almost fawning.
  • EMOTIONAL EXPRESSIVENESS: American seem to stand in he middle of the spectrum; to the effervescent Latins we appear cool, and yet to the reserved Asians we appear too forward and impulsive.
  • INDIVIDUALS, FREEDOM, AND PRIVACY: some visitors are deeply impressed by the degree of individual freedom, particularly in the political arena, that an American enjoys. Others are disturbed by what they consider too much freedom, such as the widespread personal ownership of weapons.
  • SELF-RELIANCE AND THE NUCLEAR-AGE FAMILY: feelings are mixed by on the one hand, the female’s strong family role and the independence of children, and on the other hand the disregard for aged family members and strong family unity.
  • INFORMALITY AND MORALITY: because many cultures dress more carefully and conservatively, they automatically relate what we consider casualness and fashion with looseness in morality, even sexual provocation.
  • CRIME: our open society and free press, especially the sensational press, cast an image around the world of a country besotted by crime. many visitors come here fearing their own safety.
  • TIPPING, TAXES AND SALES: in many countries, tips are included in the costs of a meal or hotel room: the same with sales tax. as a result, visiting consumers become wary of out tipping and tax practices. they also are confused by American merchandising in determining when a sale is truly a sale.
  • RACE RELATIONS: this social problem is well-known to visitors and views are as mixed and confused as our own. Many come here to find the problem less explosive than they imagined, while others cannot understand our apparent impassiveness.
  • TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP: in many cultures, the teacher is not only a firm disciplinary figure but high on the social hierarchy. Therefore, visitors are shocked to see what they consider disrespectful attitudes toward teachers and school administration by American students and parents alike. Other visitors admire the informality of the student-teacher relationship here and the freedom of expression and individual growth.
  • LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRIES: The American’s general lack of knowledge about world geography, compounded by our pervasive monolingual society, is a great disappointment to most visitors.
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