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How do you feel you were viewed abroad?

12 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Nancy
     
    Nancy
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    It was an advantage in Spain to not be the ‘typical’ blond haired, blue eyed American that people...
    It was an advantage in Spain to not be the ‘typical’ blond haired, blue eyed American that people think of. It was an advantage because I felt they don’t like Americans and it was a lot easier to blend in. In Italy I was believed to be a Spaniard. I never sensed any rudeness, didn’t feel it.
  • mentor picture Anthony Yuen
     
    Anthony Yuen
    Outreach, Communications & Marketing
    Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
    As the son of a Chinese American father and a German mother, I've had a lot of...
    As the son of a Chinese American father and a German mother, I've had a lot of interesting experiences that have made me reflect on my own identity, heritage, and culture. For example, in Singapore Chinese acquaintances expressed curiosity over my background, asking why I wasn't able to speak Cantonese (as fourth-generation Chinese American, my father's family speaks mostly English now). At the train station in Calais, France, an elderly English woman told me I was lucky that I had "round eyes." In Turkmenistan, I escaped being identified as an American (though I doubt anyone mistook me for Turkmen). Finally, while waiting in the London tube station in 2006 with my travel backpack, a pair of English men made uncomfortable comments comparing me and the three British youth who detonated their explosive-filled backups earlier that year.
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