An advantage of traveling abroad is that you’re privileged to experience first-hand how people think differently about the same thing. American, for example, is a positive word in Taiwan, but not quite so in many other parts of the world. Say, Europe.
Most Americans (or citizens of the United States, if you prefer) in Europe, of course, object to such overgeneralizations. “Not ALL Americans are arrogant, uncultured, and annoying,” they might argue, “We are all different. It’s just stereotypes.”
“I agree,” I said, recalling my one year in Texas. I never experienced in person any of the Texan stereotypes when I was there: cowboys (I saw only one during the whole year), weapons (what weapons?), accents (I understood them just fine), and probably most notoriously, George W. Bush (but even Bush is not from Texas). I continued, “When I was in Texas,” my sentence was immediately interrupted.
“Texas? Why? They only have cowboys and weapons!”
Speaking of stereotypes.