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Bahamas-- we dont have cars... we live on beaches in huts... we drink coconut water all day
post #122 of 136
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Originally Posted by Étienne View Post

You said that France "had given ample proof" that it is weak militarily in the 20th century. This is simply ill-informed. France suffered a crushing defeat in 1940. That much is evident, even if, of course, the picture is more complex when you read carefully what really happened. Apart from that, it won the first world war, the war in Poland in the 1920's was a success, as were most colonial wars on a military basis (all except Indochina). That's hardly a dismal record. To say nothing, of course, of the oddity of reducing 1,500 years of history to the last 100.


I suspect that the stereotype is in part related to the sentiment that the Americans had to bail out the French in WWI, WWII and Vietnam (and were left holding the bag). Of course there are details, but when did details get in the way of a stereotype?

USSR got out of WWII as one of the two superpowers, which is not bad.
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post
it's going to get dilutted each generation, it's difference between ethinicity and identity. Though in English you can't really make the distinction between Chinese as race/ethinicity or just cultural identity easily in one word where as there are subtle difference when you said it in Chinese. I don't think people in Taiwan would disagree with you they're culturally chinese, whether they like it or not. Though most will tend to correct you when you call them Chinese in English because it is identified as someone coming from mainland China. This is not necessarily anti-China, it's just you want people to know you're from Taiwan not from China. Of course you can always go to a lenghy explanation of how things come and go about, whether you came after 1949 or 300 years, or simply aboriginal blah blah, but to say things in one word Taiwanese is a lot simplier than "yeah I am Chinese, but blah blah blah" It's a bit like American of XYZ origin will not call themselves anything other than American by 2nd generation, anything else is cultural heritage, not national identity. Of course the situation in Taiwan is different both culturally and historically, but there are some simliarities to draw there.
Thanks for an awesome explanation! Sent from my SPH-D700 using Tapatalk
post #125 of 136
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Originally Posted by Mr. White View Post
So many French don't feel that the US "bailed them out."


This topic is not about what one nationality thinks of themselves. This thread is about foreign stereotypes, be they right or wrong, and perhaps why they exist.

Truth is a separate topic. Historical truth can vary with the eyes of the beholder, and often written by the winner.
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Sorry, thought I covered the "why they exist" angle. The US needs its internal propaganda machine to push the idea that WWII and the Vietnam War were about "saving France."

Random thing to add, US probably should also emphasis the Soviet Union fought most of WWII in Europe. Without Russia's sacrifice, Britian/US/Free France would not have chance take back Europe, or at least not without a much much higher casualty.
post #128 of 136
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Thanks for an awesome explanation!

Sent from my SPH-D700 using Tapatalk

By the way, still depends on who you talk to, what I said might or might not hold There are some people deny chinese culture heritage all together even if they're not aboriginal. My ancestor came to Taiwan about 300 years ago, still have a some relative in mainland, though majority migrated 300 years ago.

Also just to clarify, it's hard to use Chinese as a term for a race, strictly speaking. Even Han Chinese is a huge melting polt if you trace all the way back.
post #129 of 136
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post
What's the stereotypes for Taiwanese I can't think of any to be honest with you (at least in America or Europe, there are certainly plenty in Mainland and other parts of Asia about how Taiwanese are).
people who are into cycling both hate taiwan and love taiwan because 97% of all bikes come out of that small island - from $100 wallmart huffys to $10,000 Colnagos. So right now any bike or its accessories (especially carbon fiber stuff) is assumed to be from taiwan. that small island is solely responsible for lowering the price of carbon fiber bike frames/accessories for the mass market. (in the early 2000 late 1990's) made in taiwan bike was assumed to be of lower quality... now taiwan produces the expensive stuff as well... mainland china carbon fiber frames are now the "of lower quality" kind of stereotype.
post #130 of 136
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post
people who are into cycling both hate taiwan and love taiwan because 97% of all bikes come out of that small island - from $100 wallmart huffys to $10,000 Colnagos.

So right now any bike or its accessories (especially carbon fiber stuff) is assumed to be from taiwan. that small island is solely responsible for lowering the price of carbon fiber bike frames/accessories for the mass market.

(in the early 2000 late 1990's) made in taiwan bike was assumed to be of lower quality... now taiwan produces the expensive stuff as well... mainland china carbon fiber frames are now the "of lower quality" kind of stereotype.

somehow taiwanese brand is more dominant in europe than in the US. A lot people in Europe knows bike are made in taiwan and also a lot more guys in Europe are aware of HTC/Asus/Acer are Taiwanese brand. HTC is gaining some name in the States, but not to the same degree as it is Europe, not sure about Acer/Asus, the range of Asus they sell in the US is pretty limited.

Though laptop all kind have gone to the model of design in Taiwan, parts made in Japan/Taiwan/South Korea, than all assembled in China. So in the end of the day it's more or less the same manufacture that makes things up to different spec. and different quality...
post #131 of 136
Polarbears (not true)
Highest suicide rate (not true)
Dark in the winter (so very, very true)
Ridiculously hot blonde women who will sleep with anyone (first part true)
All men are named Sven or Bjorn (not terribly common names really)
All women are named Inga (pretty uncommon name, especially for women under 50)
IKEA (true, but not as funny a joke as foreign people think)
ABBA (true)
Swedish chef (squirrly stew)
Rotten fish (true, but all countries have some horrible national dish that nobody actually eats and which everyone loves to offer to tourists)
Nation of heavy drinkers (probably true)
Socialist paradise (highly debatable)
Swedish meatballs (can be very tasty)
Cold (true for climate)
Cold (maybe true for temperament, usually nice after a few drinks)
Good at English (true, due to our policy of not dubbing tv shows and movies - I'm looking at you Germany and France)
post #132 of 136
In Europe:

Lazy, corrupt, paella eating flamenco dancers.

In the US and almost anywhere else:

Mexico in Europe
post #133 of 136
My experience with brits is that they use the word "cunt" like teenage girls use the word "like".
post #134 of 136
1. Ukraine is a part of Russia.

The most stupid stereotype.



P.S. Ukraine is the largest contiguous country on the European continent.

2. Ukrainians are alcoholics.

Partly that's true, but statistics say that the most drinking countries are France, Ireland, Germany, Moldova and Chech Republic.

3. Every ukrainian woman is a bitch and has a dream to get a wealthy foreign husband.

False. But I think that was true in the early 00's.

If you have any other questions about Ukraine, just ask
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