So, in my just over 2 weeks of being here in Australia, I have met people from MANY different nationalities... Swedish, Dutch, French, German, Canadian and many different Asian people... (Especially Canadian though... it's amazing, but I have met SO MANY more Canadians than others while I've been down here!)
So, in talking to people, I have realized more than ever what a bad name Americans and America have in most other countries. Everyone that I've talked to about the subject has told me that America is kind of a big joke in their country. Or, we're thought of as bullies, or ego-centric, or just not-too-bright when it comes to world news. In Canada, I'm told, they have a show where they go up to Americans and ask them questions that we should know, and of course generally the Americans don't know it. Like, 'are you smarter than an American'.
I also hear that many Americans who travel abroad tell everyone that they are from Canada, and they wear a Canadian flag on their backpack, so people don't know they are American and therefore don't harass them. I personally think that is silly, and I wouldn't do it, I'm not going to deny where I'm from. And I haven't really had anyone harass me for being American, but they have looked at me with pity or just said "Oh, America huh?" (I can't really say that Australians feel the same way because I haven't really befriended any Australians yet...)
So everyone... why do you think this is? Why does America have such a bad name? I guess I can see it, because we definitely do throw our weight around in the world, AND many Americans don't tend to know as much with what is going on in the world... I mean, even though I tried to stay in the know with world politics I still don't seem to be as informed as many people I meet.
I am proud to be an American, but I do feel like we need to work on our image in the world. I don't think Americans who travel abroad should have to be ashamed to tell people that they are from America.
Oh, and I've still only met 1 American since I've been here. Unless all the Canadians I met are lying :)
Cheryl, I saw this in a shop window and I wanted to share it with you. Suuuuure it could be the Jets, but am pretty sure it's the Giants ;)