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Old 10-15-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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Let's face it, Canadians know everything there is to know about the United States and the States basically knows nothing about Canada. Americans think little to absolutely nothing about Canada (some don't even know or care it exists) and others just know stereotypes and nothing else.

Does this ever bother Canadians?
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I'm working in Peru for a Canadian based company and hang out mostly with Canadians. I think it does irk them a bit but they are patient to explain about their country if you ask. Did you know they recently celebrated Thanksgiving and have a big election in 4 days....I wouldn't have known if I wasn't working with these guys.

Canadians do think their country is superior to the USA and are pissed that the Canadian dollar has fallen so low and they have to pay a lot more of their dollars than I do when I buy Peruvian Soles.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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How do we know that Americans know "nothing" about Canadians?

Why would we expect that Americans would know Canadians like Canadians know Americans, given that one country is 10x bigger, richer and more prominent than the other?
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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How do we know that Americans know "nothing" about Canadians?

Why would we expect that Americans would know Canadians like Canadians know Americans, given that one country is 10x bigger, richer and more prominent than the other?
Because Canada is so close to the United States. It may not be a significant country, but.. Due to the proximity it's a little odd that Americans know nothing about Canadians.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Thornhill, Ontario
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Doesn't bother me.
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:58 AM
 
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Americans normally don't know much about the rest of the world as well. Canada is hardly a bit deal for the US, so why should they know so much about Canada?

And it is not like other countries know much about Canada either. A friend of my just visited me over the long weekend and was so surprised to learn that Toronto is 5 hours flight away from Vancouver.

What bothers me is Canada's cultural obsession (I know many deny that) and cultural/economic dependence on the US.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Let's face it, Canadians know everything there is to know about the United States and the States basically knows nothing about Canada. Americans think little to absolutely nothing about Canada (some don't even know or care it exists) and others just know stereotypes and nothing else.

Does this ever bother Canadians?
If they are bothered, they probably take consolation in the fact that the majority of Americans undoubtedly know nothing about any other country.

Americans don't give a fart in a jug about much of anything.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It would be incorrect to claim that there isn't a decent chunk of the Canadian population that is at least irked by the fact that Americans ignore Canada.

I mean, isn't one of the biggest "memes" out there in Canada related to how Americans are so dumb about Canadian stuff, generally peppered with anecdotes about skis on car roof racks in July, or fears of not being able to get by in English (and being faced with French) as soon as you cross the Idaho-Alberta border?
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:26 PM
 
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Because Canada is so close to the United States. It may not be a significant country, but.. Due to the proximity it's a little odd that Americans know nothing about Canadians.
YOU may know nothing about Canadians.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Bother me? No. I have always said that I don't care if people don't know much about Canada. I don't care if they can't name our PM, our provinces etc.

What I do find irritating is when they treat me as if I'm a country bumpkin.However mostly I find it humorous.

Things like when people think that Canada is frozen all year, and that we don't have cities, airports etc. That they have to explain to me what a nice store looks like. How freeways work. Silly question like " do you have subways".
A friend working at a World's Fair in the US at the Canada pavilion was constantly asked after viewing a film about Canada, what was the name of the city. Explaining that the film showed many cities in Canada. So their first surprise was learning Canada had a city, the second that there is more than one.

As I've said before this is not just Americans. I've posted many stories of Australians, Europeans, etc that have said some pretty funny things about Canada.

My American friends know a lot about Canada. Not everything , but a lot. They love it in fact and encourage their family and friends to visit, as I do.

So anyone reading this who hasn't been to Canada, may I suggest you do.
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