I have noticed in many groups people are posting and commenting of current events in countries other then the U.S. This is puzzling to me because many of the comments seem to lead on the people in the U.S. believe their policies and cultures and way of life should apply everywhere, and do not understand that they don't. Other cultures are very different, their policies and way of life do not compare to the U.S.
So my question. . . how many of you have been to or lived in another country besides the U.S.? And do you actually understand their cultures and way of life?
I ask this because I am from Deutschland, I live in the U.S. currently and I have never once expected things to be like my home. . . but as I read many of the posts and comments it seems as those native here expect everywhere to follow the same as the U.S.
JMHO. Thank you.
*I am posting in Religion & Beliefs because this is the closest I can think it fits. . .
Asked by Anonymous at 7:56 PM on Jan. 9, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Amaranth361 at 8:52 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 8:40 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
I'm not American. I'm British and Canadian and I've lived in both countries twice. I have noticed that some Americans visiting Europe are always comparing it to the US and critiquing the differences.
Answer by beeky at 8:01 AM on Jan. 10, 2011
I have lived in, traveled to and stayed in many countries. Especially during and after my time in the Peace Corps, and visiting family. Here's just a few: India, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, and a few more.
I do not view the world in the myopic lens Of "America" being the end all be all. I fully accept that "American Culture" is not the prevailing culture of the world, the only culture in the world, or the only "right" culture in the world. I accept and see that there are good and bad in every society/culture that I have lived in.
Answer by pixie_trix at 5:25 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by leah_rai at 7:59 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
Answer by Kaelansmom at 8:01 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
I live in the US but I have been to a few different countries. I have been to Ukraine, Costa Rica, Italy, Austria, and I lived in Germany for 3 years. What I have noticed is that yes, some Americans do tend to not understand other people's cultures or have a lack of knowledge about it, but that is because they have not been exposed to it. For example, in some countries, it is normally to breastfeed a child until they are 5, but in the US it is very taboo. However, I can also say that people from other countries do the same as Americans. When I visited Ukraine, I went through an ordeal over there because they honestly thought that if an American was over there then they MUST be CIA and that we are there to steal their secrets or to plan an attack. When I lived in Germany, I was often frowned upon by many German women because I did not have a snow suit on my son when it was 60 degrees outside. Cont..
Answer by JeremysMom at 8:37 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
Cont... So, while I do understand what you are saying, just remember that just because you feel this way about not expecting things to be like your home, doesn't mean that other people from different countries feel the way you do. All in all, it boils down to lack of knowledge on other's cultures. It doesn't mean that they are stupid or dumb for thinking like that, it just means that they have not be able to experience some things that others have.
Answer by JeremysMom at 8:40 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
Answer by okmanders at 9:58 PM on Jan. 9, 2011
I understand what you are asking and their are people that think that way, but not everyone (American, Japanese, Hispanic, French, *insert whatever) can be compartmentalized by one person's personal experience, as the original question (and some responses) sounded. I'm sorry if some people find that opinion offensive (yay down votes LOL). People of every culture think that their country is best and that their way is the only way. Again, not everyone, but some of every culture and creed. That is simply a matter of being human.
Answer by asmcbride at 12:29 AM on Jan. 10, 2011