The Haka on International Clarity: New Zealand

International Clarity Series

Context

This series deserves a little of the back story.  As I was doing my series on my internship in Peru, one of my Mexican friends called me out for perpetuating some “Western” stereotypes in my portrayal of South America (see Peru Post 8).  Although I didn’t feel like I had portrayed the area I was staying in inaccurately, I knew that my friend was right for pointing out how I could be writing something more edifying.

As we got chatting, I had the idea to invite lots of my international friends to share their own experiences coming to or going from the United States and expound on a few things.  Specifically, I asked them to talk about

  • A brief rundown of the non-U.S. country for context
  • Things that people from the U.S. simply don’t know about the other country
  • Things that people from the other country simply don’t know about the U.S.
  • The misconceptions that people from the other country have about the U.S.
  • The misconceptions that people from the U.S. have about the other country
  • Things that they think the U.S. does or has better than the other country
  • Things that the other country does or has better than the U.S.

I had a blast reading and editing my friends responses and am always open for more.  If you have at least 3 months of experience living in the U.S. and another country, I heartily welcome a submission from you.  I ask that you use the above bullets as guidelines (at least loosely) and include all pictures that you want on the post.  Send it to thedurfblog@gmail.com as an attachment in .doc or .docx form.

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