I had to learn to not stereotype Americans when I was travelling with them. They can be cheesy, touristy, a little loud, a little annoying, and ignorant of other cultures and their social systems.
Had to quote that one - it's too ironic and kind of proves the point.
Just like any news story anywhere, we tend to see the more radical groups whenever we watch American news clips - even here in Canada. Look at the Terri Shraivo (sorry, I know that's spelled wrong) case. Radical religious groups against, well, just about everybody else. It's such radical-heavy coverage... the truth is probably a lot more complicated and far less interesting - or at least "glamorous".
I ran into a bit while in Russia. To board a train you need to show your tickets AND your documents. When the United Statesian in the group would show her passport they would always take it and her away to check it's validity.
There is no evil, only ignorance
I think the worldwide stereotypical feeling most people have against the United States, hence American citizens, is the usual..."why dont they just mind their own business?? Always sticking your nose in someone else's problems..."
I have encountered this argument over and over, having family spreadout around the world and having been to various countries in my travels.
Yes, most countries dont like Americans because of the political views and decisions of our leaders. I personally dont think we have a good leader and foreign relations have never been so damaged, especially with the European Union.
Yes, most Americans are not open to the notion of traveling abroad..."it is just safer here, the country is big enough to travel for the rest of our lives, within US borders...", I heard more than once...it is mostly ignorance but not the norm.
Having been educated outside of the US, I can objectively say that the level of education in the US (not including college level education) is much inferior compared to the rest of the world. Subjects that would normally be mandatory for graduation in any other country are simply elective classes for the students here in the US.
Most kids graduating high school have very little geography and world history knowledge, unless of course they had elected to take those courses.
I was born in Peru but I have been a US citizen for almost half my life and I have too experienced anti-american sentiment in my travels. More so because I had made a conscience decision to become an american citizen so there must be something wrong with my belief system. I love this country very much but I dont necessarily agree with many things that go on here and that is the case with many educated Americans.
This is a great rich country and the anti american sentiment I feel comes out of jealousy, envy, and the arrogant behavior of some americans when traveling abroad. There is a lot of ignorance going on around here but as Chiquita said..."lets not judge a country by a single man..." Great quote Chiquita! You are wise beyond your years...
In the case of the intelligent people I think youll find they are saying that they hate the government of the country and/or the big businesses not the people themselves.
people love to hate...it's human nature...americans are obviously easy targets for various reasons some true some not
I Have been to 2 countries where i have encountered americans and heard stories from my line of work regarding americans...Now before i begin i want to explain that these are ecouters that i have been a part of and they are not pretty, That being said not all americans are like this im sure if i had a positive story i would post i to but alas i do not:
1st of i was in england working as a carpenter on canadian style housing and on sunday we had off to travel so we go about walking and we meet this group of 5 backpakers with canadian flag on there packs ...us being from Canada we were like wow lets go talk to them so we walk up to them, they where sitting in a park and as we are approching we realize they are throwing rocks at the passers by's feet and legs...so we hurry up and get to them and start converstion First words out of there mouths kind of gave them away...strongest southern accents i hav ever heard.. so we start talking they dont know the country capital how many provinces and so on...so where thinking that there is no way these are canadians....we keep talking and find out they are from Louisianna and put canadian flags on there backpacks to avoid anti-americanismThat wouldnt off pissed me off so much if they were nice people...but they were half drunk being obnoxious giving canadians a bad name That was too much
2nd i was in Japan doing the same type of work and we came accross some americans in a bar....drank a couple of beers and that was the end of it they where grabbing the waitresses ass and being really really rude we told em to smarten up and left ...We had been brought into japan to fix problem on american built houses because they refused to adhere to customs and respect Japanese Bukding laws, they were hiding cut up pieces of drywall in the walls not buildng the building to code they where there to take advantage of people who dont know any better and im sorry but that will always be wrong regardless of your nationality.
So all in all im sure there are good american travellers out there but i have yet to find a story including some....Sorry
yes it's true most americans will throw rocks at you grab your ass and then hide dry wall in your house...esp. if you are english, canadian and/or japanese... it's in our nature what can i say?
First of all, Mike, that's hilarious. On a serious note, the most threatened I've ever felt as an American while traveling; yep - Canada. I was in Montreal just as the Iraq war was breaking out, and found myself in the middle of a massive protest. Things were being thrown, signs full of HATRED towards their neighbors to the south were everywhere.
Foote, I hope you have better experiences in the future; I can understand we have some bad apples, but I'll reiterate that judging a country of many millions by the actions of a few is irresponsible. And besides, I haven't hidden dry wall in years!
yup i've noticed alotta increased hostility from canadians towards americans the past few years but for the most part they are pretty cool and yeah really nice people i used to live near the border in buffalo ny for a few years used to love goin to niagara falls pretty sweet strip clubs wow actually very sweet strip clubs
Yeah, I meant that in no way as a dig at the Canadians, how can I hold anything against the people who invented hockey? I think it's a bit like the Kiwi's and Aussie's; you tend to be more critical of those closest to you (and get peeved when people confuse you as being from the other).