• Here's a little "game" for you.
    All you have to do is speak out your prejudicisms about the different nations of the world.

    I like to point out that a prejudice can be a good thing. Like thinking that all Russians are jolly. I don't care much for posts including racism or general flaming against any region, religion or ethnical group. Is that understood.

    What I would like is to get an insight in how people around the globe think about all their foreigners. If you don't have a specific opinion about some country that everyone else is talking about then it's good to post that too. If you don't have a specific opinion on soem country no one's ever heard of then don't bother to write that down.

    Remember that you don't have to be extra polite nor is there any need to post anything that might upset someone extraordinarily much. Just your own mental picture of a typical citizen in any given nation in the world. :)


    To start you off, how about them Germans, Japanees, Fins, French, Americans, Brits, Irish, Scotts, Wales, Aussies, Swedes, Italians, Greeks, Indians, Chines, Russians, Canadians, Portuges, Mexicans, Egyptians, Norweigans, Polacks, Rumanians, Israelis, Chile(ies), New Zeelanders... ???
  • Im not too predjudice but i think that the asians in the U.S

    should really learn to speak english i mean if your gonna be

    here you should know the language or at least yes and no it

    seriously annoys me when they talk to me and all i get out of it

    is two or three words just makes me want to go all geniocidal

    no offense to the asians that can read this but (all you asians

    that cant read this i mean YOU!) :P
  • i can't help but think of this in general terms

    i think it's human nature to draw a line in the sand and divide the world into "us" and "them". it goes back to the hunter-gatherer tribal structure, when being seperated from "us" meant certain death. so "not us" = "very bad". therefore, "them" = "not us" = "very bad"

    i'd like to think we've outgrown that

    i tend to stop people who try to use "they" as an all-inclusive term. when you stop seeing individuals as individuals, and start putting them into this growing "them", that's where the problems begin

    "i like black people, but they ..." dude, stop
    "i don't like gays because they ..." just stop
    "native americans think they ..." stop already!

    if you must judge a person, be my guest. again, that's human nature. but don't apply that judgment to everyone else you associate with that person. no matter what group someone wished to place me into, i guarantee that NOT ONE of the others in that group is the same person as me.
  • and gods, do i wish AMERICANS would learn english!
  • Prejudice tends to be an ugly thing, especially racial prejudice. It's quite disturbing to me how strongly it affects us and how easily we give in to it (myself included). I feel that if we're going to survive on this little planet of ours then it's one of the greatest hurdles we have to overcome, especially with the ever increasing problems we have to face ie population, poverty, global warming , nuclear proliferation.

    That's the greatest thing about forums such as this. Our grandparents couldn't have imagined communication so simply over vast distances. Prejudice and ignorance tend to go hand in hand so I feel communication is a very important factor in diminishing them.
  • Since the existing posts show that my idea's not been understood in the way I meant it I will hold a demonstration on how it was supposed to work.

    USA
    The mekka of fatness, every one in America is horribly obese and that is beacuse the have nothing but fast foods to eat.
    The americans like odd sports too, to watch mostly.
    Baseball and Football are two of these strange sports that I havn't seen anywere else but in america.
    In USA it is OK to shoot at someone if they get hostile or to close to your own territory. Everybody in USA owns a gun and therefor there is alot of shooting going on.
    The best thing an american youth can do is go to war, it is coinsedered a great deed to have fought in combat and those who return from the battles get's an anual parade.
    America likes their people to be clever, and put's down a lot of money on educating the public.
    The average American knows more then the average European about almost anything exept evolution. That is beacuse everyone in the USA belives in the Bible and what is written there.


    Get the point?
    Have fun being prejudice. ;)
  • I think fear of the unknown leads to prejudice. Not everyone gets exposure to other types of cultures or customs, people or places. I personally haven't been outside the US (with the exception of Baja California) so it's hard to make any statements about other nationalities, but I will say this...Since I've got access to the internet, I've learned more about the rest of the world. This site specifically has given me more insight into the international community and you know what I've discovered? There are people just like me all over the world! I agree that communication is a key factor in overcoming prejudices. By the way, do people in Poland call themselves "Polacks"? I always thought that was a slur. (No offense Manneman or was that your intention?) Okay, I just read your newest post clarifying the "game" and I think I'll stick with my original statement. I must say I think it's sad you seem to be promoting prejudice or perhaps I'm mistaken.
  • I've got a mate who's born in England, but with Polish grandparent's... (his last name's Bialoszewski :o ;) ) and i'm sure they do call themselves Polak's... or Poles???

    Here's a bit of prejudice for ya... Welsh people... Sheep $haggers :lol: Jeez this is fun ;) Hehehe

    (Oh, and no offence to all you Welsh people out there... :woot: Just joining in with the spirit of the game! )

    (Great post though by the way, it's always interesting to see how other people percieve other nations... this post isn't about causing offence to other nation's, but about how we percieve other nation's. For example, when American's think of the English they see us as being very posh and "correctly spoken"... don't they??)
  • oi dan!

    Wanna fight about that :fight: (I'm joking, i'll probably get beaten up anyway :cry: )
    I AM NOT POSH!!!
  • LOL! I'm English too here... ;) Just pointing out that the whole point of the thread is how other nation's can percieve us, because of course they really couldn't be anymore wrong... lol!
  • Allright i'll let you off this time dan just because your english!

    Naaa!! I'm only joking! Actually you are the first peson I know thats english thats on this site :woot: :lol:
  • Well, seems as atleast dan has grasped what this is about. And while I wait for his statements on other nationalitys I will tell you folks about the Brits.

    The Brittish
    In britain there is one thing you must know. And that is how to rank a person into the complex hierarcy of over two thousand different classes of society simply by looking at their shoes.

    The people on the brittish islands is a rare breed who has sent out people to populate each and every corner of the earth for the last 2 or 3 centuries. The brits however doesn't fancy foreigners in their own country, so if you visit be sure to bring bandaids just in case.

    The one thing, besides rain, that you can be sure on getting in Brittain is chips with every meal (preferably with deep fried cod though). If you try to order a plate of soup, don't be surprised if you get a side of big fat chips.

    It's is commonly known that the brits are quite plain by appearance. It is in fact so that "ugly" is coinsidered a compliment in some remote villages.

    The brits can't play hockey, so they invented Rugby to show everyone how though they can be. Unfortunatly they also invented Cricket and that sort of evened out the score.

    The national dish of Britain is tea and toast with jam (with a side of chips). If a brit isn't drinking tea he's probably having a pint of lager. Lager is the brits name for beer, in britain they don't understand what you're after if you ask for a beer. Lager is enjoyed in an establishent called "the Pub" wich is basically a small crowded room in wich people wishing to get drunk and throw darts can be found.

    In britain no one can drive properly. Besides driving on the wrong side of the road the brits are notoriously known for driving small cars that you can't spot until they have already runned you over.

    The older brits likes to take long walks on their premises, taking along a shotgun with wich they can shoot at birds. The correct dress code for such advetures are tweed and rubber boots and a silly little hat (or cap if you are a farmer).

    The younger brits like to attend rave parties in wich they can get stoned on XTC and dance to the latest version of some obscure techno.
  • Originally posted by manneman@May 9 2003, 02:33 PM
    [b]
    The younger brits like to attend rave parties in wich they can get stoned on XTC and dance to the latest version of some obscure techno.
    [/b]

    You forgot to add the youngest of Brits call their Moms "Mum" or "Mummy"
    :cunning:
  • We can't speak out about age prejidices? Darn. Though I'm sure you older APiers have more to say about the youthy APiers than we can say about you.

    I wish those Asians would quit taking pictures so much.
  • I am not prejudice but, other races need to start thinking! Such as those people in Iraq! The U.S. sets them free, and they start saying that Americans are not good people? Now I am not saying this about all Iraqis but those peope in that part are a bunch of back stabbers!! :bash: .

    I am Mexican. I have been called names like beaner and wet_back. That was mostly in places where there was mostly one race of people living in one town.
  • :lol: That is the funniest thing i've read in ages Manne!!!! And most of it i must say is pretty true! :woot: Superb!! We don't welcome foreigner's and we eat a lot of chip's and drink a lot of lager! ;) The bit at the end about the shotgun, rubber boot's and peaked hat is great! :lol:

    The French
    Typically arrogant, and rude. Prone to spitting. Dresscode: Beret's, stripped tops, incredibly tight trouser's and little "ballet shoes", ring of onion's around the neck optional. Will order snail's, or frog leg's as a side order, and red wine with every meal. Also have a good national football side, although the French league is one of the worst in the continent. The French support the illegal immigrant's and try to illegally send as many over to populate England as they can get away with. The French, being typically arrogant hate the American's, and particularly their stance on the war. In France it is insisted you are either a follower of the art's and painting's, or you're a homeless drunk wondering the street's of Paris at 1 'o' clock in the morning. Anything else, and you're spat upon.

    Anyone care to add anymore? :D
  • The french have the world most stupid languge: French!

    The Irish
    There all left hand, ginger haired people with lacking intellergents.
    They either wear bottle green suits with a green top hat and say lepricorn, or wear a balaclava and carry a gun or bomb.
    They have a stupid accent which could in fact be just a slur where there always drunk. They are intolarant of others relgion, and the southern half hate Britain.
    There typical meal is Irsih Stew with potatoes and a Guinness, or Irish scotch.
    When not eating, they can be found down the pub, at church or playing Gaelic Football or Hurling, a strange game thats a cross of hockey and rugby.
    There only claim to historical fame, other then for being in an age old civil 'war', is the great nation of the celts who went to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, and they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and a pagan religion!
  • :D now we're getting somewere.

    Finnish people
    The natural mood in Finland is pissed off, happyness is frowned upon.
    Every finnish citizen is aquired by law to carry a knife.

    Finland doesn't like imigrants at all, no one execpt Fins are allowed to live in Finland. Beacuse of this most fins are inbreeds, if you don't belive me you look at how funny their skulls look. The finnish genome has a defect on the musical gene though. No good music has ever been made in finland.

    Finland has been Sweden and Russias little b!tch for centuries. When they at long last gained independance they invented a languade that no one else in the world could understand, exept for the estonians but they doesn't count.
    Beacuse the language is so hard to learn the fins doesn't speak that much. If anyone says "Hello, how are things?" to another they are considered a chatterbox.

    Finnish men is brought up to be tough and hard.
    This is usually achieved by sitting long periods of time locked up in a sauna drinking vodka and beer while singing finnish songs about maidens and lakes and god knows what.

    The Finnish national anthem is best preformed on an accordion (the national instrument of finland).

    Finnish people belive that Finland is in fact not only the greatest nation on earth when it comes to mobile phones, but also when it comes to "manly" sports such as racing and hockey. Fins hate Swedes for proving them wrong in their beliefs every once in a while.

    Besides sitting in the sauna the fins enjoy drinking coffee and comitting suicide.

    Finnish women are big and usually has 5 or more kids, out of wich atleast two are named "Mika".
    The finnish women rarely has an employment, instead they stay home and bake hard buns and make coffee for their children.
    A finnish woman never wears anything but a flower patterned dress.

    When fins come togather for a fiest there are only three things they bring. The beer the vodka and a finnish sausage. When everyone is drunk enough the fighting comences.
  • The Scottish
    The only nation where tartan is "cool". It is also acceptable for men to wear skirt's, with silly little pouches. They don't eat chicken, they only eat haggis. Are forever talking about how they need a "wee" and speak in ah bizar axcent. The only country where the weather is worse than in England, it even snows in summer. Only seem to learn how to play the bagpipes in music, you know, that annoying high pitched instrument, have you ever seen a Scot play any other instrument? They have to hold their very own sporting event "The Highland Games" in which they throw log's, since they're rubbish at everyone else's sports. And Scot's can always be found by the Loch Ness, waiting to see the monster that lies in the Loch Ness, hasn't anyone told them? That was only a children's TV programme....
  • Swedish people:The men are gay and the women are stupid busty blondes who move to america and become pornstars.
  • Kiwi's a.k.a New Zealander's

    The, how to say this politely, sheep, ummm, lovers of the world. Believe that they are better than Australia at cricket, but are not. Believe that Shane Bond is the fastest bowler in the world, i think not. They have a weird accent, such as to the extent that everyone shall make fun of them. They can't hold a beer (from what I've heard). They challenge Australia to everything, they never win.

    P.S. Is that what you mean to happen, tell me if its not and I can change it.
  • The Aussies!!!!
    Dresscode: Tank-tops, beer-guts and 'thongs for your feet! (Beer-bellies, are essential if male....but is optional with the Females).
    Where all topics of conversation, start off with "G'Day Mate"!!! And all 'decent' 'Sheila's', answer to the name of "Shazza"!!!! Definition of a "Sheila"?.......Any breathing female, willing to share a night of "Footy in front of the telly." And can open a bottle of 'Fosters', with her teeth!
    Historians, have since found that this appears to be a "trait', handed down from generation to generation. Dating as far back, as those early days of 'colonization, when 'teeth' played an important role, in the shaping of "Key's" for those pesky shackles!!! (The fore-runner to the modern ankle-bracelet, or "anklet". A small, modest gift, given to those early ancestors, upon disembarkment from the many ships from England.).
    Australia, where many a lonely 'country' lad, could find 'comfort and contentment' in the paddock.....with his sheep.
    Where the beaches are full of tanned bodies in Bikini's.......some even worn by the Women. And last but not least, the only place, where you can snuggle into bed, under your very own "Doona"!! Seems, there was a bit of a problem with the translation of 'Duvet'?

    True Cricket, we do have an odd accent? Its called 'Pronunciation'!!!! You guy's should try it sometime????
  • Originally posted by Theve1tch@May 10 2003, 06:23 AM
    The french [b](French) have the world most stupid languge (language): French!

    The Irish
    There all left hand, ginger haired people with lacking intellergents (intelligence).
    They either wear bottle green suits with a green top hat and say lepricorn (leprechaun), or wear a balaclava and carry a gun or bomb.
    They have a stupid accent which could in fact be just a slur where there always drunk. They are intolarant (intolerant) of others relgion (religion), and the southern half hate Britain.
    There typical meal is Irsih (Irish) Stew with potatoes and a Guinness, or Irish scotch.
    When not eating, they can be found down the pub, at church or playing Gaelic Football or Hurling, a strange game thats (that's) a cross of hockey and rugby.
    There only claim to historical fame, other then for being in an age old civil 'war', is the great nation of the celts (Celts) who went to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, and they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and a pagan religion!
    [/b]

    Theve, your having a hard enough time with the English language without bashing the French about theirs. ;)
  • Originally posted by Rex77+May 10 2003, 03:37 PM-->QUOTE(Rex77 @ May 10 2003, 03:37 PM)
    [quote] <!--QuoteBegin-Theve1tch</i>
    @May 10 2003, 06:23 AM
    The french [b](French) have the world most stupid languge (language): French!

    The Irish
    There all left hand, ginger haired people with lacking intellergents (intelligence).
    They either wear bottle green suits with a green top hat and say lepricorn (leprechaun), or wear a balaclava and carry a gun or bomb.
    They have a stupid accent which could in fact be just a slur where there always drunk. They are intolarant (intolerant) of others relgion (religion), and the southern half hate Britain.
    There typical meal is Irsih (Irish) Stew with potatoes and a Guinness, or Irish scotch.
    When not eating, they can be found down the pub, at church or playing Gaelic Football or Hurling, a strange game thats (that's) a cross of hockey and rugby.
    There only claim to historical fame, other then for being in an age old civil 'war', is the great nation of the celts (Celts) who went to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, and they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and a pagan religion!
    [/b]

    Theve, your having a hard enough time with the English language without bashing the French about theirs. ;) [/b][/quote]
    The Candians:
    The in breed, inlaws of the French! :P
  • [quote]Originally posted by Theve1tch@May 11 2003, 12:05 AM
    [b] The Candians:
  • Okay Manne, not to appear too uptight, I'll give it a go.

    The Mexicans
    The Mexicans all wear big round hats with fringe around the edges. Their basic garb is a blanket with a hole for their head.
    They won't eat any food that's not wrapped in a tortilla and served with refried beans.
    They don't respect the borders of neighboring nations.
    They can't make it through the day without taking a nap(siesta).
    Their idea of a band is a guitar and a trumpet.
    Their idea of sports is having a man wear the tackiest, gaudiest suit he can find (as long as it's a couple sizes too small) and run around a ring waving a red cape at a bull only to end the contest by impaling the poor aggrivated beast with a sword (after they've stuck it with a few spears).

    Is that what you had in mind? (That almost felt good, in a bad way) :think:
  • Let me tell you about the Canadians.My country is all ice and snow. We all have to live in igloos (houses made of snow). Here in modern times we have Skidoos, or snowmobiles to travel around in, unlike the dogsleds our forefathers had to use to get around. Unfortunately there are still the poor people who have no choice but to hobble around in snowshoes.

    We have two official languages. Quebec style french ( which is vaguely reminiscent of the language spoken in France ), and anything else that's not Quebec style french.
    We love to eat poutine ( deep fried potato strips with cheese curds and gravy ) and after the end of the hockey season hibernate in northern cabins, whiling away the time by refurbishing our curling brooms.

    While doing all of this ( in the politest manner possible ) we congratulate ourselves on how much more fortunate we are than our less informed bullying cousins to the south whose ideals we poo poo while spending endless hours viewing their television, listening to their music, buying their foreign made products whilst espousing the finer points of our splendid independent existence above them.

    PS - our local constabularies still have plenty of horses to get our police around and each family has at least two members who chop down trees for a living.

    Sorry to not get it at first Manne. You had to run me over with a reindeer drawn pulkka to get the concept through my thick Canadian skull ( do the Finns still use those or have they adopted snowmobiles also, as I'm sure you icebound Swede's must have by now ) JV
  • Well I've blasted our friends to the South and plenty has been said about our neighbors to the North. So how about taking a shot at my home, the State of Oklahoma, USA.

    The Oklahomans (Okies)
    Okies have two seasons. Hunting season and getting ready for hunting season.
    Okies own gun safes for keeping valuables like rodeo belt buckles. Guns are kept on a rack in the pick-up truck.
    Okies pride themselves on their enunciation..."Mon git yer 'unginns out da sterm fur dey kitch culd"
    Okies know what calf fries are (testicles) and still eat them.
    Okies wear different hats depending on where they're going.
    Okies own at least three articles of clothing that are camouflaged.
    Okies know what kind of leaves make good toilet paper.
  • Gee, I belive there is a lot of Okies around were I live too. :D

    Who have I not done yet?

    The germans
    The germans are a very pruductive people.
    There are only three kinds of jobs awailable in germany: Factory worker; Factory nightshift worker and Sausage maker.

    Clothes in germany comes in two colors, green or brown. The men wear shorts with suspenders and a funny looking hat during the summers. Probably beacuse they'd get beer stains all over their trousers if they wore ones with long legs.

    Germany is knowned pretty much for Hitler and nothing else. Well, maybe their beer then and the Volkswagen but thats as far as I can go.

    Besides polka, germans tend to like techno alot. This is beacuse they are used to hearing angry men shouting comands at them while strutting around in big groups.

    Germans are crazy about mooses and Swedish authoreties have a though time defending our borders against moose-sign-robbing tourists every year.

    If you ever go to Germany don't miss out on the Reeperbahn and the great annual gay pride and marijuana parades. I've heard some rumor of there being some churches and stuff to look at as well, but who cares about that stuff...