Intersting thread! I actually have alot of int'l experience due to my love of travel and foreign languages. I spent the Summer of 2002 studying Mandarin in Taipei, Taiwan. I rented a room from a middle-aged Taiwanese woman that loved to practice speaking English with me. She told me that all she knew of Americans she gleaned from TV...therefore to her American = white (not me), blonde haired (me), blue eyes (me). But when I tried to tell her that I was black, I swear she thought I was pulling her leg. To this day, I'm certain she didn't believe me. I didn't take offense because I realize that her ignorance resulted from a lack of exposure.I'm not surprised that people have such a homogeneous view of Americans given that w/b/b is an ideal that is heavily promoted in the media. Also, it reflects the general lack of knowledge that people tend to have about things outside of their own realm of experience.
E, did you start this just so we can talk to each other? That's SWeet! Here's a travel story y'all might like:http://scpeaches.blogspot.com/2005/02/brussels-good-bad-theinteresting.html
I'm currently in Beijing. Most Chinese think I'm from Africa until I tell them otherwise. I've had one or two argue with me that there are no Black people in America, but those are the obviously uneducated ones.
Quote from: onlychild on February 19, 2005, 10:14:47 AMI'm currently in Beijing. Most Chinese think I'm from Africa until I tell them otherwise. I've had one or two argue with me that there are no Black people in America, but those are the obviously uneducated ones.LOL! I'm not surprised. After Taipei, I spent time in Xian and Beijing and I did not see one other person of color the entire time.As a side note, I must say that I was pretty floored to see a Popeye's Fried Chicken shop in Beijing. I've only seen Popeye's in urban areas, and I wouldn't have imagined it to be an international franchise.