I can't even remember how we got on the subject now. All I know is that Samer and I were talking the other day, and the subject of Americans came up. Maybe we were talking about stereotypes because the next thing I know, I'm jotting down notes as he lists ways I broke his stereotype of people from the United States, and things I confirmed about it.
Oh, I may have mentioned Malik's post about differences in US thoughts of dogs compared to Arab Muslims' thoughts of dogs. And also Amber's comment
about her thinking Southern culture was in some ways similar to Arab
culture. I think we were talking about those topics as they tend to be
some of my favorite.
Anyway, here is what I noted:
WAYS I BROKE THE STEREOTYPE: According to Samer,
* I am emotional, therefore, not the "cold Westerner" type he sees in Germany.
* I have a love for foreign stuff. I easily warm up to foreigners and am open to other points of view.
* I am not stubborn - meaning I am OK with changing my mind about things if I see that I've been wrong
* I am not brainwashed by the media
* I don't watch a lot of TV, movies, and am not overly-concerned with following celebrities.
* I am not hardheaded re: US patriotism and foreign policy
WAYS I CONFIRMED THE STEREOTYPE: According to Samer,
* I am easy-going
* I am friendly
* I like jokes
* I have an American accent
would qualify most of these because I am not always easy-going or
friendly, and sometimes I am very much stubborn. But I am thankful that
Samer sees me in a good light most days.
(Good thing this topic didn't come up the day I was ranting about Patricia Roush's daughters being stolen by her Saudi ex-husband
because I wasn't very nice about men, Arabs, Muslims, the idea that
children belong to their fathers, or mixed-cultural relationships that
day. Thankfully Samer is forgiving ... )
Have you ever had a
foreign friend who shared how you either confirmed or broke stereotypes
he or she had of people from the United States (or where ever you are
from)? What was on your list? What things do you believe most
foreigners have right about your people? Wrong?