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Old 10-29-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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Opinions and perceptions of U.S. Americans abroad vary.

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Old 10-30-2014, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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When I was a kid in Brazil, a lot of people would say "Americans are stupid". Mostly based on the fact that many Americans don't know a lot about Brazil as if Brazil was this incredibly relevant superpower.

Brazilians have a deep inferiority complex, so by saying that Americans are stupid, it was a way to feel better about themselves.

I always found it hypocritical because they take it very personally when an American does not know the capital of Brazil, usually they would say "Americans are stupid, they don't even know the capital of Brazil", yet if you ask the average Brazilian "What is the capital of Alabama?" or "What is the capital of Wisconsin?". They don't know either.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Macao
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When I was a kid in Brazil, a lot of people would say "Americans are stupid". Mostly based on the fact that many Americans don't know a lot about Brazil as if Brazil was this incredibly relevant superpower.

Brazilians have a deep inferiority complex, so by saying that Americans are stupid, it was a way to feel better about themselves.

I always found it hypocritical because they take it very personally when an American does not know the capital of Brazil, usually they would say "Americans are stupid, they don't even know the capital of Brazil", yet if you ask the average Brazilian "What is the capital of Alabama?" or "What is the capital of Wisconsin?". They don't know either.
That's interesting, as I had that experience years ago when I was in Brazil.

Met a guy from Porto Alegre, and the first thing he asked me was "what are the states of Brazil?" Of course, I didn't know, and he quickly retorted that he knew all the States in the U.S., and then he quickly listed them.

I gave that guy a WIDE BERTH.

In retrospect, it's interesting they'd expect an American to know, but its doubtful they'd expect another nationality to know.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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In retrospect, it's interesting they'd expect an American to know, but its doubtful they'd expect another nationality to know.
Exactly. I have met several people from Spanish speaking countries who think people in Brazil speak Spanish. Of course, that would never be as bad as an American person thinking the same. If you are an American, you must know what we speak, otherwise you are stupid.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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When I was a kid in Brazil, a lot of people would say "Americans are stupid". Mostly based on the fact that many Americans don't know a lot about Brazil as if Brazil was this incredibly relevant superpower.

Brazilians have a deep inferiority complex, so by saying that Americans are stupid, it was a way to feel better about themselves.

I always found it hypocritical because they take it very personally when an American does not know the capital of Brazil, usually they would say "Americans are stupid, they don't even know the capital of Brazil", yet if you ask the average Brazilian "What is the capital of Alabama?" or "What is the capital of Wisconsin?". They don't know either.
About the only things most Americans (USA) know about Brasil is that they love soccer (futbol) and that Rio is a great party town. Pretty much the rest of it is unknown. Also most Americans (USA) think Latin culture is the same as Mexican.

I'm working in Peru the last few months and people here don't think much about Mexicans and the culture is not the same either. Peruvians think about their S. American neighbors like Chile, Columbia, Brasil, Argentina as their cultural similarities but still with differences.
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:10 AM
 
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Exactly. I have met several people from Spanish speaking countries who think people in Brazil speak Spanish. Of course, that would never be as bad as an American person thinking the same. If you are an American, you must know what we speak, otherwise you are stupid.
This may be the case because many foreigners feel that Americans present themselves as being superior to the point of being know-it-alls. And from that stereotype it quickly follows that Americans are going to be expected to know-it-all, and subjected to "tests" that other foreigners would not be.

Perhaps it is perceived as part of the American "Exceptionalism."
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:12 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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When I was a kid in Brazil, a lot of people would say "Americans are stupid". Mostly based on the fact that many Americans don't know a lot about Brazil as if Brazil was this incredibly relevant superpower.

Brazilians have a deep inferiority complex, so by saying that Americans are stupid, it was a way to feel better about themselves.

I always found it hypocritical because they take it very personally when an American does not know the capital of Brazil, usually they would say "Americans are stupid, they don't even know the capital of Brazil", yet if you ask the average Brazilian "What is the capital of Alabama?" or "What is the capital of Wisconsin?". They don't know either.
Most Americans just don't really care what goes on outside our own country and that is not a bad thing, many will take it out of context and just randomly assume that "OMG LOOK AT THOSE LOW PASSPORT OWNERSHIP IN THE USA!!!! THEY THINK THEY ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!!"
No, that's not it... you think the fact that a lot of us like to stick within our own country would make a lot of people happy who have problems with us but... nope of course not. and then they will later go into creepy detail about loud annoying American tourist, the type of socks they wear, how we walk, etc...
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