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Old 11-29-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Based on my travels and conversations with people, as well as my personal experiences, I would say that all of the states colored in orange in the map below have caused me to experience a sensation of culture shock. Some states are more shocking than others, but these are the ones where I just felt a bit different in speech, appearance, custom or behavior compared to the people in that state. One time I had stopped in Delaware at an auto shop and the mechanic even said to me, "I knew ya had some yankee in ya!" To me, being from Connecticut, anything south of Philadelphia feels SOUTHERN. In fact, much of PA feels Midwestern/southern to a New Englander, even. All of those states in the Midwest feel different as well. Certainly a lot more accents compared to New England. And the ancestries are just different (a LOT less Italians to the point where it's super noticeable out in public).

All of the white (non colored) states seem to feel like minimal culture shock to a New Englander, at large. I had to guess with the states out west though. I have a feeling that CO might be a culture shock to a New Englander as well, but I just guessed on that one.

So, how accurate do you think my portrayal is? At least that's how it feels to me when travelling.

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:02 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Pretty sure Hawaii would be culture shock to anyone that hasn't been there before especially someone for NE, except for maybe Californians.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I cringe at the thought of Americans having culture shock within their own country.


but Hawaii and maybe Mississippi
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I cringe at the thought of Americans having culture shock within their own country.
Well it's a real thing. The country is very diverse from region to region, with different ancestries, customs, accents, foods, values, etc.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Well it's a real thing. The country is very diverse from region to region, with different ancestries, customs, accents, foods, values, etc.
I would have culture shock in a more exotic place like South America or South Asia, but i guess we have some semi-exotic places to
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Depending on what point of view the New Englander had, even places like Los Angeles could be a culture shock if they haven't been out much.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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I'll vouch for South Dakota. I've known quite a few people that have moved from the coasts and have had quite a shock.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Not Nevada? I think everyone gets culture shock there.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Actually, there are Italian communities in states you wouldn't think of like Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Nebraska. There are many throughout the Midwest too.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Actually, there are Italian communities in states you wouldn't think of like Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Nebraska. There are many throughout the Midwest too.
Yeah but NOTHING on the same level as the Northeast lol.
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