Sunday, July 27, 2008

Poll Question

What are your thoughts on how people view Americans around the world? I know that there may be different views in different places, but I think there is a general view.

Please place your answer in the comments section - I would really love to know what people think. You can comment anonymously.



Evacuee said...

This is a big question. One of my favorite Anais Nin quotes is "We see the world not as it is, but as we are." I think that Eurpoeans would view Americans as lacking tact in most situations, not particularly well educated, and overweight, since those are the biggest differences from European culture. I think that Asians (except the well educated, wealthy Japanese) would view Americans as Tall (Japanese would agree w/that one), ridiculously wealthy, producers of quality goods. Just saw a fantastic documentary on China where their middle class go out of their way to purchase American made refrigerators, sofas, etc, because they feel the craftsmanship is so high.

Does that drive to your question, or was it an oversimplification? I imagine many of the Irish you meet are somewhat surprised that you're an American since you have dark hair, you're well educated, you've got good manners (at least most of the time) and you're not what they see on TV as an American.

nikki said...

I think you're right on all counts. I like to see what people are thinking about this topic and I thought some people would have different views as well. Thanks for responding!!