SEARCH BLOG: CULTURE.
When it comes to making judgments about the people of various countries, stereotyping is a convenient shortcut. Of course, like all short cuts, the results might be a little short-circuited and short sighted. Still, stereotyping doesn't just happen in a vacuum.
Just for fun, let's stereotype a list of countries starting with the United States so no one gets offended that they are being picked on. This is not politically correct.
- U.S.A. - cowboy mentality; crassly rich; violent; boorish; generous; land of opportunity; land of special interests.
- Canada - 51st state; always heading south; socialistic Americans.
- England - land of oddballs; sports nuts; underachievers; living in the royal past; terrific spies; cowering in the face of Muslims.
- France - snooty about culture and food and wine; would rather make love than fight; inflated egos; generally intolerant but try to appear cosmopolitan.
- Germany - industrious; neat; clean; amenable to following orders; more friendly than you'd expect.
- Spain - laid back; hiding in plain sight.
- Eastern European nations - we know someone whose ancestors emigrated from there.
- Russia - depressing; corrupt; deteriorating.
- Japan - overcrowded; over-achievers; over-wired.
- China - oppressive; unethical; sneaky; dangerous.
- North Korea - hell on earth.
- South Korea - same as Japan a few decades ago.
- India - chaotic; weird; crowded; dirty; a parody of western civilization.
- Israel - resourceful; politically incorrect.
- Iran - rich history; well-oiled; ruled by nutjobs.
- Turkey - trying to live in the past and present; trying to be Islamic and Western.
- Arab countries in general - violent; misogynists; prone to religious extremism.
- Sub-Saharan countries in general - tribal; violent; dramatically underachieving.
- South American countries in general - speak Spanish or Portuguese; lousy economies; grow stuff; mostly forgotten by the rest of the world.
- Australia - have a Fosters, ay mate?
Shortcuts, but they can give a flavor for the culture and attitudes that affect global relationships. The problem is that they are stereotypes and miss the complexity as well as the individuality that can and do significantly vary from these shortcuts. That said, stereotypes don't emerge from thin air.