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A Greek Italian related this joke about Americans to me:

“When the UN distributed this questionnaire:

‘What is your opinion on how to reduce food shortage to the rest of the world?’

The European replied: ‘What is shortage?’

The African replied: ‘What is food?’

The Chinese replied: ‘What is opinion?’

The American replied: ‘What is the rest of the world?’”

He then added:

“Over here in Italy, one thing that does not lack is culture and interest to the "rest of the world"”

And another traveler shared this one with me:

“What do you call someone who can speak two languages?
Bilingual

What do you call someone who can speak three languages?
Trilingual

What do you call someone who can speak only one language?
American”



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An American was on a plane bound for Asia. He addressed his fellow traveler- Hey, what 'ese' are you?' 'Pardon me?' the Asian fellow traveler asked? 'Yeah,I mean what 'ese'? Are you Chinese,Vietnameseor Japanese?' 'I am Vietnamese', answered the Asian person. " 'How about you? What 'key' are you?' 'What 'key'?- the American traveler was puzzled' What do you mean, a 'key'? '

'Are you a donkey, a monkey or a Yankey?'



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The amusing thing about Americans is, they are the fattest and most ignorant people on earth. And I know, because I am American.

The more amusing thing is, when I lived in Ukraine we did visit the American embassy in Kiev a few times. And there were a hundred odd Ukrainians all standing in line, trying to get into America.

For foreigners, you have to balance objectivity vs. insecurities. We can all point and laugh at the rampant corruption in Africa because thats an objective observation. But no one is scrambling to get into Zimbabwe.

But when people make fun of America and Americans, then stack up 100 deep for a visa lottery...thats most likely a reflection of a person or peoples insecurities, or envy.


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Immigrants who are willing to leave their native environment in seek of better economic/educational opportunities are not the majority. They are driven by different desires and priorities.

Both myself and Winston are immigrants from Taiwan. I recall reading a survey back in 1990's that 12% of the people would consider emigrating to another country, while the rest would prefer to stay.

As an interesting statistic, approx. 1 million Taiwanese reside in China, 500,000-600,000 in the US, and less than 30,000 in Australia. Yet, when asked which countries they'd prefer to emigrate to, Australia usually ranks on top, followed by US or Canada, with China somewhere under it.

I have friends who live and work in Taiwan, China, and Vietnam. Here in the US we typically work 40 hour weeks, more in some professions like IT. In Taiwan, my friends typically work 10-12 hour days. I have a good lady friend in Taipei who works for an import/export company, she goes to work at 8:30am and gets off at 8:30pm-9pm.

In China and Vietnam offices, they put in 12-14 hours/day. My friend Kelly is in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) now and she works 8am-10pm, 6 days a week at her company office.

For the first generation immigrants in the US, they often put in long hours at a restaurant for little pay. But for their 1.5+ gen children, they work less hours with higher pay and better educational opportunities.

My parents came to the US to start over and to give their kid (me) an opportunity. As soon as I completed college, they moved back to Taiwan. This is not unique as previous surveys on Taiwanese immigrants in the US showed that approx. 33% desired to move back to TW.




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I read that 43% of the population in Vancouver, Canada are Chinese, from Taiwan I think. The economy there is booming too. Immigration is good when you get the right people. But dont tell that to the 35 million illegal Mexicans raping and pillaging their way through America.


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In China and Vietnam offices, they put in 12-14 hours/day. My friend Kelly is in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) now and she works 8am-10pm, 6 days a week at her company office.


Ick. China was one of the places I was considering moving too, but now I'm not so sure. Working that kind of schedule for a while to save up money would be feasible, but I wouldn't want to do it for very long.


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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b3953606.htm

Hmm, now I somewhat take back what I said. Even if there's not as much overtime pay, it looks like its not as bad over there as I thought.


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The amusing thing about Americans is, they are the fattest and most ignorant people on earth. And I know, because I am American.


Naturalization makes one fat, too.I know because I am naturalized and I am becoming fat. As far as being most ignorant, well,I would try interviewing someone from the Ukranian countryside. You will be surprised.

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The more amusing thing is, when I lived in Ukraine we did visit the American embassy in Kiev a few times. And there were a hundred odd Ukrainians all standing in line, trying to get into America.


They may have families or jobs waiting for them there. There are more going into Canada where there are more Ukranians, though.

Many Americans are applying for jobs in Saudi Arabia ( 35,000 of them live and work in Saudi and some 50,000 in Japan and some 100,000 in the Philippines, and some 4-5 million are living abroad period). The reason you see Ukranians at the embassy 'scrambling' is because they cannot get into the US without a visa and a personal interview. Americans on the other hand can get into most countries without a visa or if one is required,no personal interview is needed- you simply send the passport to an agent and he/she does all the work. That is why you do not see hundreds of Americans at the Saudi Embassy even though hundreds leave daily to work there and many do so for decades.

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For foreigners, you have to balance objectivity vs. insecurities. We can all point and laugh at the rampant corruption in Africa because thats an objective observation. But no one is scrambling to get into Zimbabwe.


Well, Zimbabwe is an extreme case, but lots of people are scrambling to get into S. Africa or Kenya, particularly from poorer countries. Nigeria has hundreds of thousands of foreigners. People move to where money and jobs are;it does not mean they want to move; they have to move.

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But when people make fun of America and Americans, then stack up 100 deep for a visa lottery...


Well, I am not sure that the people telling these jokes are the ones that immediately afterwards fill out green card applications. Plus they go for those lotteries because the US is advertising those all around the world. Australia and Canada are also looking for immigrants- read any Dubai newspaper. Argentina is also looking for people. The UK is looking for people- they just invited in hundreds of thousands of Poles. You are witnessing migrations not just immigration to the US. So, if one tells a joke about a Canuck or a Brit,or an Aussie, it it really insecurity?

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thats most likely a reflection of a person or peoples insecurities, or envy.

I would not read in too deep. These are just jokes. The three told above are probably all there is. Americans make fun of other countries, tell Mexican and Italian jokes, tell Polish jokes and all that.Those are in hundreds if not thousands. But both Italy and Mexico are full of Americans,one million in Mexico alone. Do these jokes reflect envy and insecurity of Americans who are scrambling for the Mexican residency? I dont think so. Jokes reflect funny or annoying things we see in other cultures, that's all.



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I read that 43% of the population in Vancouver, Canada are Chinese, from Taiwan I think. The economy there is booming too. Immigration is good when you get the right people. But dont tell that to the 35 million illegal Mexicans raping and pillaging their way through America.


I looked it up and it's about 30%, with largest group from HK. Probably from the pre-1997 immigration wave.


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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b3953606.htm

Hmm, now I somewhat take back what I said. Even if there's not as much overtime pay, it looks like its not as bad over there as I thought.


Government jobs would keep regular hours, and foreign teachers might only work 5-6 hours/day. Private enterprise is not as generous.


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I read that 43% of the population in Vancouver, Canada are Chinese, from Taiwan I think. The economy there is booming too. Immigration is good when you get the right people. But dont tell that to the 35 million illegal Mexicans raping and pillaging their way through America.


W: Most of them are Cantonese. There are many Chinese malls and streets in Vancouver. When I go to them, I hear Cantonese usually. They never make eye contact with you though, and act like you don't exist. Very cold and lonely to me.



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Allow me to share my two cents. I love jokes as they show parts of the culture they originate from, and how people from different countries are seen...

"How do you call someone who is interested in arts and literature from all over the world in the US ?
- A foreigner."

An American and a Frenchman spend a day together in Paris. They first have a breakfast, and at the end of it, the Frenchman cleans the table.
"What are you doing ? says the American
- Just cleaning...
- In the US, we save bread crumbs and make croissants out of them, and sell them to the French!"
The Frenchman does not answer.
Later, they have a drink. Seeing the bartender washing glasses, the American says:
"What is he doing ?
- Just washing glasses...
- In the US, we save what's left in every glasses, mix it with anis, and sell that to the French! We call that Pastis !" (a famous drink in the south of France)
Annoyed, the French still doesn't answer.
Later, they go to a sex house. After doing, well, what they had to do, they meet on the street. The American throws away his used condom
" That's a shame that you threw it away, says the French
- Why ?
- Because we usually recycle them to make chewing gum that we sell to Americans..."

In general, jokes about Americans are jokes about people seen as showy, kind of arrogant and money obsessed. Here's one about a Frenchman, a Belgium man and and American. In France, Belgium people are considered dumb, a little bit like the Irish for the British people or Canadian for Americans.

A French, an American and a Belgium man have their wish granted. If they throw themselves into a swimming pool while shouting what they want, they will fall into a swimming pool filled with it.
The French jumps, and shouts "girls!". The swimming pool is instantaneously filled with sexy girls.
The American jumps, and shouts "money!". He dives into $100 bills.
The Belgium man jumps, but loses his shoe while jumping. He notices and says: "Oh, shit..."
Guess in what he falls down...

This last one may shock you in a wrong way. I apologize in advance for it, but I wanted to share it with you for, well, "cultural purposes"
An American, a British and a French come back from a safari. They discuss their scores.
The British says "I shot a lion, two elephants and a dozen of gazelles before tea time"
Jealous, the French says "Well I got twenty elephants. Okay, they were already dead, but still..."
The Americans then proudly shouts (shouting is the American way of speaking):
"Well, I beat you all: I shot 58 Nosh-oot."
The two others are stunned. "What's a "Nosh-oot"?"
"It's the funny little black people who run around shouting "No shoot! No shoot!"


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