posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:21 AM
reply to post by zonetripper2065
Okay..here we go....
American society, and American culture in general, has a massive impact internationally. American elections, for example, are watched very closely by
most of the world. People here in Japan usually know more about the US candidates then a lot of Americans do; I would know because I live in Japan(I
am also a US citizen so the argument of `mind your own business foreigner` will not work on me).
There are also many other examples of how much effect American society has on the world. I will use Japan, although I could use any number of nations
as an example, to explain my point. When ever I go to a movie cinema here in Tokyo, there are many American movies to choose from; they are in English
as well because Japanese people like the sound of American English because the accent is easy to follow and understand. McDonald`s can be found all
over the place in Tokyo; as well as Burger King, Starbucks and Denny`s. American restaurants, even fast food, is very popular in Japan. The American
taste of food is unique compared to most Asian food. American clothes, and American fashion in general, is of high interest to Japanese youth. It is
the general opinion that American clothes are very comfortable and easy to wear. English is a very popular language to learn in Japan, even though
most Japanese cannot speak English very well. To have an American English teacher is almost like a fashion statement and a badge of honor. `Wow! You
have an American English teacher. I am jealous. He/She must be so cool! I want to meet them,` is common to hear.
As far as politics is concerned, when the US government speaks everyone in Japan takes notice. This is not uncommon in most parts of the world. The US
is a lighting rode of sparking political debate internationally. In most nations, when a US diplomat visits most people know about it. It will be on
the news everyday said diplomat is in their nation.
Despite the fact that Americans are viewed as simple minded people, we are also considered to be special in the world at large. We are the dirty
uncultured Americans who are very friendly, funny and maintain such an upbeat outlook on life that it can inspire people the world over.
So, you see American society does have a huge impact internationally. Yet, still many Americans are totally unaware of this fact.