RE: News Flash: the US is not the only country in the world.

Subject: RE: News Flash: the US is not the only country in the world.
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:45:42 -0400


I missed the original post (I know Kim is quoting), so will refrain from
sweeping generalities about the original poster. However, mores than
pointing out that wages are not equal between India and the USA, the
following is racist:

> More than any nationality, Americans are guilty of a
> self-absorbed myopia
> that causes them to forget or ignore that they're not the
> only guests at this party.

Such a sweeping generalization is completely unfair and unfounded. You
can find nationalism everywhere, you can find a the feelings of ethnic
and national superiority in any country on the globe . . ..

America takes a lot of heat, and that's fine, we have a big profile.
Why, just the other day, in a friendly conversation, a European
(nationality withheld) was berating me about the U.S. refusal to sign
the Kyoto treaty . . . well, that persons own country also had not
signed it . . .. That is, perhaps folks should look to their own invalid
stereotypes and prejudices before they comment on America and Americans,
and what America should and should not be doing. In any event, such a
conclusion as the one above is outrageous disgusting--I only hope I am
remarking on a quote taken out of context.

Sean


-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Roper [mailto:kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com]

> More than any nationality, Americans are guilty of a
> self-absorbed myopia
> that causes them to forget or ignore that they're not the
> only guests at this party.

I'm Canadian.

1) We tend to be accustomed to the ethnocentricity of our neighbours to
the
south. In fact, it's a source of some amusement in our tourist sectors.
How many times have I heard the apocryphal story of the American
visiting
Canada in July, with a full ski rack on his car ... ? Of course, the
nearest of our neighbours are smarter than this, mostly because they
visit
us regularly. A US buck buys $1.50 Canadian, and on the whole, our beer
is
far stronger than yours. (Mass-market American-brewed beer is a source
of
considerable amusement for us, too, in a "laughing at," not "laughing
with,"
way.)

2) Canadians can be ethnocentric, too, but as a group, we seem to prefer
the
"drive-by snubbing" approach. YMMV.

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