Do Europeans really know it all about culture in America?

26 10 2009

Jackson Pollock in Action

Jackson Pollock in Action

Many Europeans think they already know it all about America. Many see America as a country with a very short history and a Hollywood-McDonalds approach to culture, where there is not much culture to learn.

In fact, I used to think I knew much more about America than I indeed did. When I took part in the Orientation Week organized by Indiana University for La Caixa scholars, Professor Bruce L. Jaffe, prepared a quite interesting quiz about culture in America. Topics included: education system, geography, politics, employment, demographics, American units of mesurement, American sports …

I got a quit humble mark. But I am learnt quick – I hope. It is not a matter of flashing my mind with American customs. It is a matter of understanding culture in America and picking up what is good in it.


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26 10 2009
maplesyrup21

there is no such thing as ‘American culture’..Its a mix of different cultures and people living in America

26 10 2009
27 10 2009
globthink

Dear MapleSyrup,

Thanks a lot for your comment. You are right. I replaced “American Culture” for “Culture in America”.

Thanks

30 10 2009
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[...] a few observations to share with those who work at the airport. Chicago Booth ‘11 GlobThink realized that he did not know quite as much about American culture as he originally assumed, but was a quick learner. Kellogg ‘11 Orlando was near the end of the first part of the AT [...]

30 10 2009
Fridays From The Frontline

[...] a few observations to share with those who work at the airport. Chicago Booth ‘11 GlobThink realized that he did not know quite as much about American culture as he originally assumed, but was a quick learner. Kellogg ‘11 Orlando was near the end of the first part of the AT [...]

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