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  • When people from other countries are asked how they view Americans the stereotype of

  • a gun wielding white man, yelling about their free-dumbs is pretty much what they think

  • of.

  • But what do Americans think of other countries?

  • Take the United States' neighbor Canada.

  • Some typical stereotypes of Cannadians are that they sayeh” a lot, and apologize

  • for everything.

  • These stereotypes are obviously not completely true as the people of the Quebec Province

  • of Canada speak mainly French, and don't useehin their daily vernacular.

  • Another stereotype some American's give Canadians is that they are a bunch of socialists,

  • with free healthcare, and no one can make a profit.

  • Although healthcare is free in Canada, they also have a booming technological industry,

  • especially when it comes to renewable energy.

  • The United States' other neighbor receives much worse stereotyping than Canada.

  • For some reasonmostly racismstereotypes believed by some United States citizens about

  • people from Mexico are offensive.

  • The main stereotypes are that people from Mexico are coming to the U.S. to steal jobs

  • or they belong to drug cartels.

  • Of course neither one of these stereotypes are true.

  • Also, people from the United States love to think that traditional Mexican food is made

  • up of tacos and burritos, while these foods have Mexican roots, the culinary traditions

  • of Mexico are vast and diverse.

  • Each of the states in Mexico has their own unique cultures and dishes.

  • A less common, but more extreme stereotype by some Americans, is that all Latin American

  • people are Mexican.

  • Some Americans have several unfortunate misconceptions about Africa.

  • First off, sometimes Americans need to be reminded that Africa is a continent, not a

  • country.

  • It actually consists of over 50 different countries.

  • For the most part, a typical stereotype of Africa is that it still looks like it did

  • from NGO ads, like Live Aid, from the 80's and 90's.

  • This is not the case, and the people of Africa are incredibly diverse depending on what country

  • and region you're talking about.

  • Once we move past the distinction between country and continent, there are specific

  • stereotypes Americans may hold about the people of certain African nations.

  • More specifically people from the United States may think that people from Kenya are all really

  • fast runners.

  • Depending on what side of the political aisle an American falls on they might know that

  • Barack Obama's father was born in Kenya, and therefore admire the country.

  • If they are on the opposite side they might know that Barack Obama's father was born

  • in Kenya, so Barack must not have been an American.

  • Either way, Americans who hold these stereotypes might be surprised to find that Kenya is much

  • more than just fast runners and Barack Obama's father's birthplace.

  • Many Americans can probably point to South Africa on a map.

  • This country's name kind of gives away the location.

  • Stereotypes about the people from this country mostly circulate around Nelson Mandela and

  • his fight against the apartide system.

  • American's also might stereotype South Africans as either being black or British, which in

  • and of itself is not true.

  • There are actually many different peoples in the country, including a large Indian population.

  • At this point we just want to remind everyone that these stereotypes are not held by all

  • Americans.

  • Many Americans are well educated and respectful of other cultures, unfortunately some are

  • not, and hold tightly onto stereotypes of people from other countries.

  • Another problem that some Americans have with world geography is with the Middle East.

  • Again, this part of the world is not a single country as some people think, but instead,

  • consists of countries in parts of North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

  • Americans who hold stereotypes of this part of the world assume that mostly everyone is

  • a muslim extremist, and that if you are from this part of the world you will be stopped

  • and questioned at customs.

  • Other stereotypes can include that people in the Middle East are rich with money from

  • oil, while at the same time there are refugees flooding out of the region.

  • These stereotypes often overlook the fact that Israel is part of the Middle East, and

  • there are Christian and Jewish populations in this part of the world as well.

  • Needless to say, many Americans understand the complex socio-political geography of the

  • region, while others do not.

  • Most Americans know that Europe is a continent and not a country.

  • They can probably even name at least a few countries within Europe.

  • Right now a stereotype that some Americans hold of the United Kingdom is that it is in

  • chaos because of Brexit, and will collapse as a nation.

  • Also, others British stereotypes held by Americans are that: all British people have bad teeth,

  • they drink warm beer, and they all know the Queen.

  • Some Americans might forget that Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom, along with

  • Wales, and part of northern Ireland, so it is made up of many different peoples and cultures.

  • This brings us to Ireland.

  • When Americans think of Ireland they think of Guinness, Jameson, and partying.

  • A stereotype of people from Ireland is that they all have red hair and are drunk most

  • of the time.

  • Some Americans assume that everyone in Ireland loves the color green and wears shamrocks,

  • but the biggest stereotype centers around St. Patrick's Day.

  • The one day of the year that Americans claim Irish heritagewhether they have it or notand

  • drink themselves blind.

  • Another uninformed stereotype is that there are no more potatoes left in the entire country,

  • even though the potato famine ended in 1852.

  • Sticking with stereotypes about people based on their food: pretty much the only thing

  • some Americans know about Sweden is that it is where Sweedish meatballs come from.

  • Americans who hold stereotypes of this country also might assume everyone is over six feet

  • tall and blonde.

  • They associate Sweden with IKEA, so a stereotype that some people in America have is that the

  • Swedes all build their own furniture.

  • Americans may know that like other Nordic countries, Sweden is rated one of the happiest

  • countries in the world every year.

  • Americans hold mixed stereotypes of Germany.

  • Some common ones are that Germans don't think their ancestors did anything wrong during

  • World War II, which is just not true.

  • Another stereotype is that the country is still scary and full of Nazis, which is also

  • not true.

  • A younger generation stereotype is that Germany is where you can flock to rave and party all

  • night long with no consequences.

  • They might stereotype all Germans as club goers that stay out until the break of dawn.

  • The other side of this stereotype is that all Germans drink gallons of beer, and eat

  • long links of sausages for every meal.

  • France to an American can mean many different things.

  • Some are in love with the country, others despise it for the stereotype that all French

  • people are snooty and look down on Americans.

  • People who hold this stereotype also think that French people don't like Americans

  • until they need our help in a war.

  • A more common stereotype of French people is about the female populus, who are assumed

  • to be very hairy and never shave.

  • Other Americans who like the country of France hold it on a pedestal.

  • They believe that everyone in France dresses in the latest fashion, and drinks wine while

  • eating cheese every night.

  • An American might think the typical French person has a seductive accent and is romantic.

  • They could also expect every sparkling wine that comes out of France to be Champagne.

  • None of these stereotypes are 100% accurate.

  • This is another good opportunity to remind you these are stereotypes that some Americans

  • have.

  • Please remember stereotypes are often hurtful, whether they are about your culture or someone

  • else's.

  • As we move east there are a lot more stereotypes to unpack.

  • Americans have many stereotypes about people of Asian descent.

  • Again, the continent of Asia is not one country, but many, and it seems like the stereotypes

  • Americans hold for this part of the world are pretty similar between the different Asian

  • countries.

  • Most recently in the United States it seems that a stereotype is that people from Asian

  • are responsible for the Coronavirus, which is wildly inaccurate.

  • In fact, no one is to blame, since the virus mutation that allowed it to jump from a different

  • species to humans was random and could not have been predicted.

  • Also, this is not the first Caronavirus.

  • As early as 2015 there was a strain of Coronavirus in the Middle East.

  • On top of that new strains of flu evolve every single year around the world.

  • So, to blame a specific group of people for a virus or disease is just ignorant.

  • Regardless of current events, some Americans have had a stereotype of Chinese people for

  • a long time.

  • Negative stereotypes began to spring up during World War II when immigrants from China were

  • mistaken as Japanese enemies, and were put into internment camps.

  • As history progressed China became a Communist State and anti-communist, and therefore anti-Chinese,

  • propaganda campaigns began during the Cold War.

  • The stereotype that many Americans still hold is that the Chinese government, economy, and

  • military is evil.

  • This does not speak to the average Chinese citizen, though certainly the Chinese government

  • has committed atrocities against religious minorities even in modern times, such as the

  • genocide against the Uighyr people.

  • Again, as with other cultures, Americans tend to boil down Chinese cuisine into a few dishes

  • such as General Tsao's chicken and pork fried rice.

  • However, Chinese food differs greatly depending on which province, or culture, you're talking

  • about.

  • One example of this is food from the Sichuan province of China.

  • This cuisine is filled with unique spices and is normally very spicy in flavor.

  • Americans who hold the stereotype of Chinese food only being a few dishes that they order

  • for a night of cheap takeout would be incredibly surprised by Sichuan cuisine.

  • Korea has a couple stereotypes associated with it for Americans.

  • The first is with North Korea and the dictatorship that rules over the people there.

  • However, the distinction between North and South Korea is sometimes lost on Americans,

  • who may think the entire country is ruled by the dictatorship, and not know that South

  • Korea is a democracy modeled after their own.

  • This can lead to Americans looking down on Koreans as a people.

  • For Americans who distinguish between North and South Korea, common stereotypes for South

  • Koreans are that they all listen to K-pop, and are really good at video games.

  • When discussing Vietnamese people with Americans who hold stereotypes the only thing they seem

  • to know is that there was a war in Vietnam that the United States fought in.

  • Therefore, stereotypes of Vietnamese people tend to be that they were, or still are, against

  • the United States.

  • Also, some Americans believe that all Vietnamese peoples live in dense jungles, and look like

  • the forces that America fought in the war movie Platoon with Willem Dafoe.

  • If there is one country in Asia that Americans know the most about it is Japan.

  • Typical stereotypes that Americans hold about the people of Japan are that they are hardworking,

  • high tech, really into anime, and everyone eats a lot of sushi.

  • Again, this is not what everyone in America thinks, and it most certainly is not what

  • everyone in Japan is like.

  • There seems to be a better relationship between America and Japan than other Asian countries,

  • which may be why Americans know somewhat more about the culture and people.

  • However, the stereotype thatall Asian people look the same,” is unfortunately

  • more widespread than one would hope, and a very racist concept that some Americans still

  • hold on to.

  • Japanese people are not immune to this sentiment and those Americans who hold this stereotype.

  • Some Americans also think that all Japanese people are ninjas or know karate.

  • Almost all Americans can tell a person from India from the rest of Asia.

  • However, there are many stereotypes that Americans have about people from India.

  • The first is that people in India handle technical support for Americans, and therefore, all

  • work in this industry.

  • Also, a lot of people hold the stereotype that all of India lives in poverty like in

  • the movie Slumdog millionaire.

  • At the same time, some Americans think of the Indian culture as looking like the dance

  • scenes in Bollywood movies.

  • Americans also might think of the Indian people as hippies and yoga enthusiasts who eat food

  • with a lot of spices.

  • Depending on what American you talk to they might have at least one, if not all, of these

  • stereotypes.

  • The last country we are going to talk about is Australia, which is both a continent and

  • a country, so Americans don't need to differentiate between the two.

  • The main stereotypes Americans hold about people from Australia is that everyone lives

  • down underwith the kangaroos and the crocodiles.

  • They also see Australians as adventurers that live with some of the most dangerous wildlife

  • on the planet, and have accents that make them sound tough.

  • There are not many negative stereotypes that Americans hold about Australians, this is

  • most likely because on the outside Austrlians look European.

  • All of the stereotypes mentioned in this video are just that, stereotypes.

  • Most are not true of the actual people in the countries, and these stereotypes are most

  • likely due to people not being educated enough about cultures outside of their own.

  • This is not a uniquely American trait, as people in all parts of the world have stereotypes

  • for people from other countries.

  • It is important to remember that every country is made up of diverse peoples and different

  • cultures, and that any stereotype we might hear should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Now check outCommon Stereotypes About Americans.”

  • Or watchAmerican Behaviors Considered Rude In Other Countries.”

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