But if I think about it, it is also fun to be on the opposite side of that coin. To watch as friends from overseas observe American traditions for the first time. Ones they have read about, heard about or seen on American TV programs and movies, but never experienced in person. Little cultural quirks that I take for granted. In this vast country, incidents like this can happen even when you travel from region to region in the U.S., but I’m particularly interested when those incidents involve people from other countries.
Have you ever found yourself amused or surprised by what visitors associate with your home country? Things that you may take for granted or never even knew were unique to your culture? Here are a couple of past and one very recent example that I got to witness first hand.
Chinese Take Out – My family and I had a good laugh when a friend came to visit from Japan. When asked what she wanted to eat for dinner, she asked if we could order Chinese food for delivery. Came to find out, it was not because she really had a love for Chinese food, but rather because she wanted to have the experience of eating out of the quintessential white Chinese food boxes which she alway saw on American TV shows and movies.
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