Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: West of Lansing
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Some of my observations, you can make any determinations about stereotypes/cliches:
I like some Americans, while others I absolutely detest.
I met a couple from Sweden through a mutual friend once and they invited themselves to stay the night at our place while they were in town. Thankfully we didn't think twice about it because they were incredibly awesome and friendly people.
One of my best friends married a Brazilian. She is super nice but also exceptionally superficial, as is her sister and her sister's husband. All three of them are good-looking people and really hate the cold here in Michigan and wear the fewest amount of clothes possible. And they are OBSESSED with soccer.
I have a really good friend from India that I met in grad school. He is also very friendly but very hard to understand even though he's spoken English since he was a child. He is also scary smart, especially in mathematics.
I have a friend from Botswana who meets all the same criteria as my Indian friend, except his English is actually better than mine. He invited me to come there someday to see the desert and wildlife.
In grad school in general, I actually was the minority in my program. I met people from all over the world. The only people who I didn't really like or get along with were the ones from Turkey, who I would say were more arrogant and rude than Americans. I don't hold it against Turkey though because it was a small sample size.
I've known a few folks from Mexico in my day, mostly migrant workers visiting Northern rural Michigan during the farming season while I was still in school. I couldn't understand a word many of them said but I still made friends with them anyways, which actually sucked because they always moved away every October. Americans are not hard workers, not by these standards anyways.
Every Canadian I ever met made me feel like we had been friends since childhood. These were only people from Ontario though so again small sample size. Still, it's enough for me to say that I love Canadians in general more than Americans. Then again being from Northern Michigan I feel sometimes that I have more in common with Canadians that I do folks from other states in my own country. Once after spending a couple of weeks in Northern Ontario I actually came home with an accent, true story.