QA：你来美国最大的文化冲击是什么？What was your biggest culture shock coming to America?
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I will answer this for some friends of mine from the Philippines who have just managed to make it to the US.
* The WTF tax structure.
* How expensive basic dental care is. Here in Davao City I got a cleaning at the dentists office for $8.00 that was every bit as good as the last $250 I got in Ohio. That is even cheaper than the $40 cleaning I used to get in Tijuana.
* How well the poor are treated. One friend in LA pointed out even though there are some homeless people, which is nothing compared to what you see here even in a small provincial city, there were no hordes of children begging or sleeping on dirty cardboard boxes all over. Some things that not even the worst poor hating Americans will tolerate.
* Almost everyone has a microwave and stove/oven combo and they use both the oven and microwave a lot. I have never been inside a purely Filipino house that had either of these, though some mixed local/foreigner couples do have them. I just bought the first stove-oven combo my local appliance dealer has sold in 5 years and only bought it because the manufacturer said he could no longer carry that model in his showroom.
* Everything is air-conditioned to a super cold point. Here in the tropics you only air condition public buildings.
* How little families do to help one another
* How little family involvement there is in healthcare. Several nurses have pointed out how little time American families spend at hospitals when someone gets admitted. In the Pinas if someone is in the hospital there is always one or two members of the family to feed and clean if necessary or help a patient to the bathroom. One nurse pointed out that a retired wife stopped the hospital every few days to see her husband after he had a major heart attack. Another pointed out that parents of one 10 year old girl on a cancer ward stopped by each on alternate days for 30 minutes after work, which said a lot as both parents worked in that hospital. That nurse wanted to know if it would be improper to lay into the parents for that.
It was more of a reverse culture shock for me. When i first landed at LAX way back in 2008, from a “third world” country called Malaysia I arrived with the perception that everything in the US would be state of the art, and way advance than what I was used to back in my little third world country.. Boy, i was in for a rude shock.. very, very shock…
* 3G networks existed only in some parts, and at some places (an hour’s drive out of LA) you’d be lucky to get cell coverage
* You have to place an order through a human at fast food restaurants. In my third world country, we would have a machine taking your order, and you’d pay through the machine - remember, this is in 2008
* 3G网络只存在于部分地区，在某些地方(离洛杉矶一小时车程) ，有手机信号覆盖就算幸运了
* Wifi at Starbucks? What is that?.. In Malaysia, fast food restaurants were already offering free wifi to patrons.
* LRT / MRT? non existent unless you go to NYC, or Chicago. LA or California… dream on..
* Inter state electric rail? What’s that?
* Going to the bank or any government office is as bad as going to an airport..
* Getting Americans to work after hours / weekends? Dream on.. so we from Asia had to take the slack
* 州际电气化铁路? 那是什么？
* 让美国人在下班/周末工作? 做梦吧... 所以我们这些来自亚洲的人不得不承担这个重任
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This was not in the US, but in Canada. I suppose the cultures are similar.
Anyways, as a new international student(from Africa) living in one of the dorm rooms on campus, i got my first culture shock after students had returned from thanksgiving. I had noticed one of the girls i knew looking quite nice in her evening dress, so i approached her to ask how her thanksgiving went. But then part of the conversation went something like:
“Oh wow Sherry, you look fat!” *With a happy grin*
My happy grin was instantly wiped off when i noticed the look in her eyes. She wasn’t too thrilled about my comment and that caught me by surprise. Then she said;
“Omg! i can’t believe you just said that!..”
Thinking she wanted me to expound on my comment, i went;
“Oh no, Sherry, i meant you look nice and fat!”
“哦，哇，雪莉，你看起来很胖! ” *我带着开心的笑容说着*
“天哪! 我真不敢相信你刚才说了那样的话! ...”
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I think i may have tried so many ways of apologizing to her by the end of the semester, that she finally explained why the comment i made was bad.
I finally understood that i could not use such a word in a comment, especially as a compliment.
In my culture, it was ok to use the word “fat” to describe an attractive woman who is quite curvaceous. It was often used in a way to mean you are healthy and curvy and so feminine….but not in Canada!
i was a MS student and also teaching assistant to an organic chemistry professor Dr.Clarke at Florida Atlantic Univ. My Job was to run the organic chemistry lab.
On the first meeting within 2 weeks of me arriving in America from india, Dr.Clarke said though I was a student (grad ) but since Im also a teacher he considers me as a collègue and I need to behave in a dignified way
after that I headed to the cafeteria to get my lunch and saw that the student unx was protesting on the high cost of cafeteria food and were giving away free pizza in front of the careteria.
That was my first pizza in m’y Life and it was free so I joined the queue to get the Free pizza.
Then I see that Dr.Clarke was coming towards the cafeteria and I’m panicking thinking what would he think in me acting like a student rather than a teacher
he asks: ‘Arthur, what’s the queue for
dr.Clarke: Free food ah; let me join you
While in the queue I told him that I was concerned about acting childish to get the free food
his answer: we Americans love free food no matter what our social status is
That was a big cultural shock for me
Biggest shock.. I can’t even pick which one is biggest..
I met people who sleeps hungry most of the days..And they are not drug addicts or homeless.. they have college education..
Most of the American women I met outside work had gone through sexual harassment or drug rape…
Most Americans have no Idea what’s going on outside USA..
And I think this is the biggest.. When I first visited America I was carrying Samsung Galaxy 1.. which was just launched.. And I was surprised to see most Americans was using non - smart phones.. and trust me there are places where you won’t get cell towers
我认为这是最大的冲击... 当我第一次到美国的时候，我带着三星 Galaxy 1。刚刚推出的，我惊讶地发现大多数美国人都在使用非智能手机。相信我，有些地方是没有信号塔的。
I came here in 2nd and 3rd grade, then again for college. My dad was a diplomat so “culture shock” is a 4–5 year reoccurring event for me!
In 2nd grade, the biggest shock was learning English. My first word was “hungry”. My 2nd was “duck”. The 3rd was “fuck”. I got in trouble for that one.
The kids were really nice, diverse group (Maryland), I was surprised so much chocolate milk was drank at the cafeteria
In college, I was shocked at how expensive tuition was compared to my home country. We had a pretty diverse international student body so that was nice. In Boston I was surprised how diverse the student population was, and how the school year was cold all year around Sep-May.
I am international student from India. Generally girls in India are prude
If you go to the major metros in the US at premier malls you can see American girls and young ladies come out in yoga pants or sport bras.
It’s damn hot because they’re well nourished (the US is a rich nation) and their bodies are curvaceous .
Having said that I’m grateful to the US.
I’m a huge fan of Apple bottom bottoms and nice curvaceous ladies with rich bosoms.
These are fairly ubiquitous and I’m very confidence with my gazing and oogling skills when I’m driving through a mall with my tinted Lexus.
As a world and USA traveler what is my worst culture shock? Hmm . . .. Let 'see. When I left my liberal critical thinking Midwestern European 99% white city in 1955 and home ported in the south with the navy I was shocked to see how heavily black the south was and the cruel racial segregation forced upon them by the southern religious and political establishment. I found this Bible Thumping region to be mean, nasty, under educated and racist all hating Yankees and the federal government.
In 2003 I was on my way to Las Vegas and I had a plane change at JFK, I remember myself walking inside the airport and seeing these XXL wheel chairs here and there I though the USA everybody like to go comfortable, until I saw a woman who barely fits in she must have weighted more than 300 pounds, and she was the first of many people I saw on my travel, as a European this did leave me speechless, we had oversize people also here but at that time so many and so huge it was really astonishing.
It’s everywhere! A constant reminder to me that, yes, I’m in America. Just in case I forgot.
People with American accents born in the US telling me they’re Irish or Italian or Polish. Some even claiming this because one of their grandparents were from there. Or the other type who they claim two nationalities like German/Irish or Scottish/French. What’s with that?
That aside, I found the Americans I personally met to be friendly, open and interested.
You all use the dryer every time you do laundry and you have drive through everything- Pharmacy, banks etc. Barely anyone walks anywhere and the shops are open late every night and your toilets are full of water.
Peoples lights get cut off if they are a day or two overdue on their Bill. In Australia I’ve NEVER EVER in my life seen anyone’s lights get cut off, in the US there’s a whole crew of trucks that go around doing that!!! That amazed me. Thanks for the A2A.
As an eight year old boy, it was the amount of shows available on tv.
We moved to the United States from Indonesia in the early 80s and at the time, if recall correctly, television began to broadcast in the evening and they broadcast in the day time only on the weekends. At the time, there was only one state owned television station.
I was simply in awe at how much television I can watch.
I did not know different races when I came to the US. The news media in Germany wrote how white americans were going into the street, and shooting black people. I found it to be the other way around.
USA is deceptively modern, clean and sophisticated. This is how it all seems on the surface. However, once you start to see the reality you understand that the country is far from this perception that people first get.
It is also not a melting pot. The level of segregation in USA is far higher than most countries.
* too much low quality food, i never had so much stomache problems before - but i also found lots of really good food
* low quality cars, but way more relaxed driving
* i cant buy a beer without id, and if the man behind the counter dont know what a passport is you got nothing
* lots of fat people bringing their fridge to the beach
* waste of resources on a complete new level
* i was asked if we (in germany) have electricity at home….
The size of food portions! The sizes of everything are enormous and 1 portion can easily feed 2–3 people. When I asked for a coke, and was offered “small, medium, or large”, I thought large would be around 10 fl oz max, so I ordered “large”; it was about 1.5 liters!
A buddy of mine from Singapore when he first went to college in the U.S. went around asking women if the had a rubber he could borrow. In his bad British English he learned, a rubber is a pencil eraser. ✏️
Pros: Rich country, highly urbanized, very tall buildings, good and reliable infrastructure, good pay, good social net, such as food stamps.
Cons: Most of the USA has terrible weather, except for California and some seasons, the US is a rich country but that’s because we mostly work and some people don’t like to work, multi-racial country and some people don’t like blacks or Mexicans or Poles or whatever.
I am FROM the US. My biggest culture shock in leaving the US the first time was in how much nicer, cleaner, safer, developed and beautiful most of the rest of the world was.
Well the A2A bot got it wrong this time I have not lived in the US. Visited for work yes but that's not the same.
No one stares at others in America and it’s considered rude behavior versus in many other countries where it is ok to do so.
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Culture Shock! After 30 years in Ohio we moved to San Francisco, and the difference in dress and behavior was past drastic. After 26 years in the Bay we found that openness of attitudes contributes to levels of freedom and creativity we never knew. Try it!
I lived in America from the mid eighties to 2003 and was fortunate in having a good job to go to in San Francisco, which quickly became my favourite city in the whole world.
One of the main things I noticed was how positive people were. In the UK people tend to be a bit negative and suggest things may be difficult whereas in America people would say “Go for it” or “you can do that” which I found very refreshing. Also, it was very easy to make friends. Americans seem to assume you will be a nice person to know. In the UK they seem a bit suspicious of new arrivals, so it was more of a culture surprise than a shock. My friends were a mixed lot of white Americans, black Americans, Asian Americans and ex pats from all over the world, as well as all sexual orientations. But that, of course is San Francisco, which is not representative of all the US.
The only things I couldn’t understand were how really, really bad most television was, how crooked many of their politicians appeared to be.