matter how impartial you try to be you will still go to the U.S. with a certain
set of ideas about Americans and America. These ideas were planted by things you
read, things you watched on television, and people you've talked to. Some of
these preconceptions are just and true but others aren't.
Americans are sometimes
difficult to figure out, so keep an open mind and get to know them as
individuals. And please don't judge any
society by their media image. Each person you meet will have a unique and
different perspective of what America means to them, so you can't really ask any
one person what America is all about because it means something different to
Nevertheless, here's three American students perspectives on what America means
What does America mean to
#1 - America means to me that its just, well, its freedom.
#2 - Freedom baby, freedom!
#3 - America means freedom to do what you want, over legalization.
So you would agree that America is "the land of the
#1 - Yes, we have a lot of freedoms. Our most important freedom to me is our
freedom of religion. Also the freedom of speech.
#2 - No, not right now. I think our government is a little corrupt and has
abused some of it's powers. I'm wondering what secrets our government has
kept from us.
#3 - In a sense, not the way that makes it sound, not anymore.
Do you think that life is easy in America?
general we are very affluent. A lot of us are spoiled and at times very
wasteful. But not all of us, a lot of us are poor.
#2 - Depends who you
are, where you live, and what you've done to prepare for the future.
#3 - I
think it is easy, yes, easygoing, and not necessarily challenging.
What do you think characterizes an American?
#1 - American's on the whole are not just spoiled, but, they are more adaptive and
flexible. We tend to adapt really quickly to new situations and make the best of
#2 - I don't know but we American's are awesome!
#3 - Your average American tends to be opinionated, have an independent
personality, and isn't as respectful towards authority as other countries tend
Do you think American's are racist or tolerant as a
#1 - More tolerant, but see, we are so diverse so you can't say
that Americans' as a whole are racist or tolerant, we're all different.
You can't judge the entire country. We have such a variety of races, religions,
and different beliefs. Especially in the U.S., since we are a "United
States" type nation. Our people come from all corners of the world. It's a
strength that most countries don't have. But it can also be a weakness if we
were to disagree strongly with one another and try to stare each other down.
#3 - American's lean towards tolerance.
Do you think the American society has a class
#1 - Yes, though its not very defined we have a big middle class, an upper rich
class, and a underclass. But I wouldn't say that these classes make any
difference. We don't treat anyone differently just because they're from a
#2 - Like poor, middle and rich class? Well...yeah.
#3 - I believe it has a class system socially, yes.
A lot of internationals think that Americans are
rude and loud, do you agree with this?
#1 - I'd say we can be rude at times, but not loud. But I guess that depends on
where you're from.
#2 - We can be.
#3 - I think we accomplish ourselves in our society but when we encounter
people from other societies we don't know how to adapt to their way of doing
things, so yes.
Do you agree that all Americans are rich and drive fast cars?
#1 - I'd say that can be true at times. Not all Americans are rich but we
certainly have a lot of stuff. Even poor people have a lot of junk. We are pack
rats with lots of junk.
#2 - No, but some are.
#3 - No.
Do you think that American's aren't as academic as
#1 - Not at all, we are very competitive which drives us academically.
- I don't know, but people sure make it sound so. So it must be true.
#3 - Depends on the international you're comparing us to really. We
definitely are ahead of a lot of countries. But as far as countries near our
economic and social standard, we are behind.