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What makes you think that?
Because I don't think anybody could honestly say there are no racial problems in the USA, whichever state they happen to talk about. As for CA, look up Rodney King riots. Or the Anaheim protests as more recent though less violent example. Non-whites as the typical target should be most aware of that, so they're very unlikely to say something like that.
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I'm sorry, there must have been some confusion here? I am not white, you are prejudging me already. I posted in that comment that I moved to Philippines for awhile. That's because I was studying at Uni there, I'm a Filipino-American, both parents are Filipino and migrated to US.

Things are not always rosy, when I was younger having a multi-cultural family and living in a predominately white and Mexican neighborhood, I've dealt with a lot of discrimination for being Asian. It's true theres a lot of judgment where I come from but there's also a good side that most people abroad don't understand because all they see is what the media portrays. I couldn't easily start a conversation with someone in Europe because although they're kind they are more closed off. In the states, times are changing, I have many friends from different cultures and I feel like we can relate to each-other very well for being the "minority" Of course it's not the same for everyone, you should understand these posts are biased opinions.. and trust me, I definitely know about the bad as well.

Also lot of America suffers from obesity and being overweight because of the processed foods and "convenience" items. I don't find this a very good aspect either


"Closed off" or "less in your face"?
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Old 14.08.2015, 13:07
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Re: Working in Switzerland: An American perspective

It was Wednesday night, after midnight. We had just returned from a seven-day trip and were driving south down the miraculously uncongested I5 from Seatac Airport. The kids were hungry and so we decided to go shopping.

We decided to go to a local Safeway near our final destination. It was still open. My Swiss kids couldn't believe the store was still open and were walking around the aisles in awe.

It was a true cultural experience for them.
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"Closed off" or "less in your face"?
not in your face at all lol, it's just they mind they're own business which I like. from my encounters they are not the first to take initiative in a conversation but they're kind and definitley don't mind helping a stranger when lost In the Philippines everybody is always in your business even if they don't know you and in US you just have a lot of weirdos haha!
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not in your face at all lol, it's just they mind they're own business which I like. from my encounters they are not the first to take initiative in a conversation but they're kind and definitley don't mind helping a stranger when lost In the Philippines everybody is always in your business even if they don't know you and in US you just have a lot of weirdos haha!




It's a matter of perspective. I personally hate it if someone I don't know feels they have to tell me all about their 3 divorces or when going into a shop in the US and suddenly a sales assistant "descends" on you like they've known you for years and are all familiar. Some view it as friendly, I view it as rude and overwhelming.
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It's a matter of perspective. I personally hate it if someone I don't know feels they have to tell me all about their 3 divorces or when going into a shop in the US and suddenly a sales assistant "descends" on you like they've known you for years and are all familiar. Some view it as friendly, I view it as rude and overwhelming.
I understand what you mean in those situations, don't bring your problems upon others
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Re: Working in Switzerland: An American perspective

Sometimes I feel like I have a split personality. I speak a certain way in Switzerland but when I go to England especially the North, it's as if I shed a skin.
Within hours my accent comes back but mostly it's my body language, I can actually feel the rhythm of talking with gestures and facial intonation take over me. It's totally involuntary and it feels so free. On the other side although not rejected, the people I'm reacting to know I'm no longer just from there.
It doesn't bother me and I always feel rejuvenated after a visit. I feel I want to say something.......

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I don't think anybody could honestly say there are no racial problems in the USA
Have you ever lived there?

Like here, it depends WHERE.

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Have you ever lived there?
Nice strawman. While personal experience does indeed give you an impression, it can never cover more than a tiny fraction of the whole. That's like someone saying murder doesn't exist simply because that person never was in a situation perceived as a life-threatining crime.

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Like here, it depends WHERE.

Tom
Though I'd agree that there may be regional tendencies, this is essentially meaningless on a personal level, where "who" (the individual) is the only thing that matters.
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I'm sorry, there must have been some confusion here?
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Of course it's not the same for everyone, you should understand these posts are biased opinions.. and trust me, I definitely know about the bad as well.
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Indeed. In post #135 you first talk about "we americans", then "we californians" in the second part. To me both are statements on the population, not on your your personal environment.
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Nope. Compared to Switzerland.

Almost everything I've eaten in the United States has been fresher, tastier and much better quality than anything you can get in Switzerland.

The only significant exception so far being coffee.

Not that I'd want to live in the US, mind, but the food really is way better.
Dude, are you serious? Everything? Unless you buy everything at Whole Foods.
Swiss products are definitely fresher and tastier. Oh don't forget those genetically altered products in the US. There is no sticker and you don't even know what the heck you even swallowed.
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Dude, are you serious? Everything? Unless you buy everything at Whole Foods.
Swiss products are definitely fresher and tastier. Oh don't forget those genetically altered products in the US. There is no sticker and you don't even know what the heck you even swallowed.

If you say so.
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Dude, are you serious? Everything? Unless you buy everything at Whole Foods.
Swiss products are definitely fresher and tastier. Oh don't forget those genetically altered products in the US. There is no sticker and you don't even know what the heck you even swallowed.
When it comes to tastier, definitely GMO food is far superior on average. I can find fresher food in CH, but it's harder to do, require more effort and of course, is seasonal. The nice thing about North America (Canada for my example) is the sheer variety of options when it comes to nice food selections in the grocery store.
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