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21. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting moscowmetr

ah, im quite embarrassed and ashamed of being American, more than ususal, after japanese public speakers in DC speaking about surviving the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombing, were harranged and harrased about Pearl Harbor by a crowd of American idiots!! (PH was NOT a US state at the time but a militay base)

Im afarid that Rascism, Ignorance, and Hatred are applied to all races in America , not just Asisans.

You have some deep issues with Americans...Maybe you need to travel in different circles when you visit, so far your karma seems amiss.

22. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting moscowmetr

(PH was NOT a US state at the time but a militay base)

Pearl Harbor still isn't a state - the Hawaiian Islands are. Naval Station Pearl Harbor is still a military base.

Quoting moscowmetr

ah, im quite embarrassed and ashamed of being American

I'm taking for granted that you mean North American since you are a Canadian citizen living in Canada.

I agree with CC, you do seem to have issues with Americans... (And, a few other nationalities too.)

Racial discrimination is everywhere and in every country. But, being aware that it is a "small-minded" person who views another as "inferior" or as an "undesirable", makes it easier to turn and walk away. Words can only hurt you if you allow them to do so. I think that most travelers will find more friendly and helpful people along their way, than not. The racist is a coward and rarely wanders far from home.

23. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

The racist is a coward and rarely wanders far from home.

And even when he does wander, the people he meets will only ever fit into the stereotypes he's created in his own head. In that way, he really does never wander far from his own comfort zone.

24. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

ahh im sorry CupCake and Isadora
I was logged in as Moscowmeter on how our shared PC and posted as him. I am American....sorry for confusion

And I meant that Hawaii became a state after WW2 so the PH bombings were of a military base and NOT a civilian city like those in Japan.

But I have lived in several countries, and Racism or Nationalism is FAR more prominent in America. For example - I was just home in Boston for a wedding. Drove down the interstate and saw a license plate that read "Welcome to America...now speak English!"

well not very welcoming.

25. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

If I was going to any country...I would try to know enough of the language to get around. That license plate does seem rude, but I am sure it wasn't aimed at visitors, (more likey the thousands of illegal immigrants that come across the border and can not speak a lick of english.) I know if I were going to pick up and move to another country I would know how to speak the native language....

26. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

It is so hard to maintain and not be prejudiced. Thank God most of these immigrants are more than happy to do some of the jobs that we as Americans are overly proud to do ourselves. Amazing what alot of these people are coming from and how thankful they are to get away from where they were. Someday, if you get a chance and know the language, sit down and talk to someone from Mexico and find out what's going on down there. Or read the front page of the New York Times. Just this past Friday on the front page it was written of the murders and kidnappings that are occuring. Such a shame that we, as the peace keepers of the world, can't even help our next door neighbors.

Every one is an individual - Get to know them as one.:)

27. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Couldn't agree with you more! I have done that...and I have explained that to my children....I really can't imagine growing up someplace that is so awful, that I would risk my life (300 so far this year have been found dead in the desert around Tucson..from the heat)and the lives of my children, to escape it! :( I can try to imagine, but unless you have actually been in that situation..I think it is difficult to understand.

28. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Whoa, CupCake. Reading these last couple posts made me realize that you are such a hipocrate without even knowing it.

To answer the original poster question. The friendliest Americans I have met was in Vermount when we drove on the US side of the river to Montreal to save some money on gas, car broke down and a family let a friend and I eat an incrediable dinner and sleep in their guest room until the garage opened up on the Monday. The sweetest New England couple imaginable.

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30. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting moscowmetr

Whoa, CupCake. Reading these last couple posts made me realize that you are such a hipocrate without even knowing it.

Prehaps you would like to explain yourself a bit better. I am anything but a hypocrite. I don't make blanket statements. Individuals stand alone. My point in my last post was that I can NOT imagine living in a country that I hated so much that I would risk the lives of my children to escape it. I also believe with all my heart that I can try to imagine what that must be like....but unless I have actually lived it, I can't really understand it.

There are many things I don't like about the U.S....about some of the leaders, about forgien policy, about some of the laws....but there are more things that I like about it...including most of the people I have come in contact with.