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By Gary Althen

I believe lots of people which are American or have an American lifestyle, might locate it uncomfortable as the booklet issues either to strengths and flaws. we do not like our flaws to be uncovered. that is why lots of people supply it undesirable rankings. yet as a foreigner dwelling within the US, i feel the writer is correct at the cash on every little thing he says. After this, I in actual fact comprehend American tradition extra. i'm now much less judgemental approximately americans. you cannot pass judgement on anyone for anything they grew up with iteration after new release and for issues that they discovered that could be irrelevant for different cultures, yet have been very applicable for his or her environment and setting. So congratulations to the author!!! and now I comprehend american citizens and do not pass judgement on them evenly.

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It is not just through the actions of governments or other formal bodies that life can be improved but through the actions of citizen volunteers as well. Many international visitors are awed by the array of activities Americans support on a voluntary basis: parent-teacher organizations in elementary and secondary schools, community “service clubs” that raise money for worthy causes, organizations of families that play host to foreign students, “clean-up, paint-up, fix-up” campaigns to beautify communities, organizations working to preserve wilderness areas, and on and on.

Early in his career, American anthropologist Edward T. Hall lived and worked on reservations belonging to two Native American Indian groups, the Navajo and the Hopi. He discovered that the Native Americans’ notion of time was very different from the conception that he, a white American male, held. In describing his experience on the reservation, Hall later wrote, During my five-year stay on the reservations, I found that, in general, the Indians believed that whites were crazy, although they didn’t tell us that.

Americans assume themselves to be improvable. We have already mentioned their participation in various educational and training programs. ” Through things they read or groups they join, Americans can stop smoking, stop using alcohol, lose weight, improve their physical condition or memory or reading speed, manage their time and money more effectively, become better at their jobs, and improve themselves in countless other ways. 22 AMERICAN WAYS “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Americans say.

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