(Closed) SPINOFF: Non-American Bees, What do Associate the USA With?

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Post # 122
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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@allyfally:  That’s great!  I’d love to have her body…  where can I order one?!

Post # 123
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Blushing bee

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@allyfally:  Well, its not only past tense so you could say ‘I’ll see you in a fortnight’. Mostly though, it is used to describe things that occur on a regular schedule like paydays -‘I am paid fornightly’ or magazines that come out fortnightly. So most people wouldn’t say ‘I saw that movie last fortnight’ or anything like that. 

Post # 124
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Just realised my list is not the most charitable… sorry! However, you wanted honesty.

– Junk food, and lots of it

– Guns

– Right wing politics

– Judge Judy (I live JJ though…)

– Rampant capitalism

– Prosperity gospel (exactly the opposite to what is commonly preached in most of Europe).

– Very conservative

– Military culture and a lot of patriotism, which I find a bit alarming… and this is coming from an ex-army patriot with a military brother and a police officer DH! Lots of interventionism, and convinced they’re the best at everything.

– Large houses

– High wages and low prices

– Very friendly and straight… don’t mind answering intimate questions, not sarcastic.

– Creationism

– Scary health care system

– Nice craft ale… so why are the export lagers such trash and always served too cold, and why are people so uptight about drinking? And so uptight about smoking pot too… a recent study showed that 80% of British 20-35 year olds admitted to smoking pot at least once. Bet it’s less than that in the US!

– Obama. Athough by European standards, he is very conservative.

– Extremes and a huge divide between rich and poor.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Beach

first things that came into mind honestly (with no offense ) the color gree, money,guns,hamburgers,disney,obeesity hmm what else i think thats it oh and cute chuby babies haha

Post # 126
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@AlwaysSunny:  lol, I hate small talk too, but after I am always so glad I did. You learn something new and interesting about people.

I’m surprised Hip Hop hasn’t made the list. Or Will Smith or Beyonce or Michael Jackson- I thought they were huge overseas.

Post # 127
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@beetee123:  I just fucking died with the “Jesus riding on a bald eagle” comment. Classic! 

Post # 128
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Busy bee

This is really interesting! I have only read the first page but here goes. 

 

The thing that gets me most about America as an entity is how patriotic you are. overtly so. unwaveringly so and that said how focused on  America you are . I know that sounds silly and most countries do tend to focus on themselves but I found if alarming how little international news there was. 

 

The second thing I found hard and I know this is controversial but was the lack of a nationalised health service. Blows my mind. Also the concept of tax and tipping. 

Another thing that got me was how most people prescribe to a political affliction either democrats or republican. I thought that odd. 

Other things that stood out was the passion people have for sport. The amount of breakfast cereals you have that have no nutritional value but look amazing and the fact that you name your coins. The first night I spent in the Us I had a grocery attendant tell me my bill was something like 17.76 and insisted on taking my change. When I looked at her blankly being unfamiliar with the coins she just said to me I need 2 quarters, 2 dimes, a nickel and a penny ( is that right? ) and didnt understand how I didn’t understand . Ha ha. 

 

Stereotypes as mentioned include extreme religious and racial cliches, junk food and portion sizes Cheap alcohol and cosmetics Guns, Obama, sports fans, wealth distribution, capitalism, consumerism and tourism. 

 

As for Americans I think internationally they are generalised as  being obnoxious and loud and sometimes rude. I haven’t found this to be the case at all especially when in America But admittedly was asked how I was adjusting to electricity, was told I had fantastic English skills for an Australian and was reprimanded for not knowing the national Anthem. I didn’t have guts to explain that it isn’t an international anthem! Ha ha . I’d  love to hear other thoughts/ or assosications with different countries! 

 

Post # 129
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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@justjade:  

haha What you said about beeing complemented for your english skills 🙂 Made me think about what my old teacher told me once. She had been in America and people complimented her on how well she spoke english, she then answered that most people in Sweden know english, she was then aasked why english isn’t our language…

Post # 130
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@stronger-now1:  That’s so funny that you brought up the accent! I think that’s what’s so great about living here, there are so many different accents! I don’t even think of myself having an accent, especially compared to the rest of the country (I live in virginia). However, when I went to Canada a few years ago a waitress asked where we were from because we had such a southern accent. Funny how that works. 🙂

Post # 131
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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@blushbliss:  That’s exactly what I was thinking.

I work as a makeup artist, and all cosmetics are so ridiculously overpriced here, $30 for a Revlon lipstick! I’m totally jealous that it’s so much cheaper there, the shopping in general is better than it is in Australia!
…and the junk food. I cannot for the life of me find the orange cheddar. Australian cheddar sucks :/

Post # 132
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Ooo this picture sums it up for me!

 

Post # 133
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@peachacid:  lol, I’m sure your craft beers are awesome…your mainstream ones = not so much 🙂

Post # 135
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Rachel631:  There’s quite a lot I have in common with your list.

I think it’s the “Land of Complete Contrasts” thing that strikes me most about the US.

One one hand this results in a wonderfully diverse culture. On the other it results in what, to British eyes, is truly scary health system. I cannot imagine a circumstance where potentially life or death situations could arise because of the lack of insurance of ability pay for health care. There’s a lot wrong with our NHS (most of it because it has moved away from the idealism that set it up) but most of us bless it for all that!

I am also truly horrified when I read threads about whether to carry your gun openly or concealed. We just don’t own guns, let alone carry them around routinely. In fact, anyone discovered in a shopping mall with a gun would most likely be shot themselves by an armed police squad. 

It’s also fair to say that many of us found the Bush regime unhelpful so far as reinforcing stereotypical images of the US was concerned and as a pp quoted, this wasn’t far from the truth “one of my friends once told me that their mental picture of America would be Jesus riding on a bald eagle wearing an American flag cape while holding a gun in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other”

However, I have an American DIL and a whole new family in the South West and I’ve also visited the US several times and always loved the trips I’ve made. I find people friendly and generous and the service is just second to none. I do realise that Seattle, Portland and New York are not representative of the entire USA any more than London is to England but for all that, my experience of America remains very positive and a whole lot less stereotypical than our view of it is sometimes!

Post # 136
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

@ellie-b:  

Okay, this one’s going to be a little less lighthearted than most. 

I emigrated from the States in late 2002, when I was 21. Not “emigrated”, but the real deal. I visited once in 2003. Not been back since. I have a naturalisation application being processed as I type this.

If you cast your mind back to late 2002, you’ll note that I left post 9-11, pre-Iraq war, pre-Obama. It’s been an interesting time to experience the whip-lash of over-simplified impressions of America given the time and the four nations I’ve lived in, in that time. (I’m the only one I grew up around who even has a passport)

There is very little grey-area reality in the concept of the country, and everyone‘s an expert, whether they’ve been there or not. Opinions seem to exist in a binaries. Stupid, fat, gun-loving, religious nutcases, who spell like imbeciles is almost in the same breath uttered with ohmygodbreakingbadsandthewireandthebestthingever and planning shopping trips to NYC or a J1 in some other US locale predicated on TV show filtered notions of reality. It’s love-hate, essentially. 

There’s precious little patience for anyone who hyphenates their demographic without dual citizenship to back it up. No, you’re not Irish-American/Italian-American/German-American. Colossal eye-rolls all around.

I live in the capital of the country I call home. That means I pass the American embassy with some frequency. I also get the emails from the embassy telling me when there will be a protest and where to avoid. I get those emails a lot, because there are protests a lot. Almost always peaceful, but frequent. I live in the European headquarters for Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, PayPal, Yahoo, LinkdIn, so they get protested ocasionally too (Bengazi, Youtube = Google protest). 

And I look at my Embassy, the same Embassy that to me represents rescue if I was in a jam, that adds my ballot to their diplomatic pouch, and see it from the eyes of those denied justice, with a grievance, with something possibly entirely unrelated to the country of my birth yet they go there. Because there represents both power and oppressive influence to them. 

I have a very complex relationship with the US. I know that at 33, having spent more than a third of my life without so much as a visit, that I’d get a huge dollop of culture shock if I visited again. Being on these boards is, in honesty, partially a way I deal with it. I wonder, could I still relate? Do I think this is all insane? Am I embarassed? Do I feel superiour? Am I just begging for something, somewhere to seem instinctively familar? I don’t know. 

I do know that I don’t crave certain foods, I don’t miss certain television, I’m happy to do without certain stores. I stand tall in metric and shiver in celsius. But the truth is, my husband found me the other day crying as I converted the audio from a YouTube video into Mp3. Because I could be 100 years old, 80% of my life lived outside of the country of my birth, and I’ll still fall asleep better to the noise of crickets and katydids.

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