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What is your opinion about culture freaks i.e. Anglophiles, Francophiles, Americaphiles etc... in your country?
Do they irritate you or educate you?
I'm all for diversity and I respcet various cultures. But I observe those people have unrealistically high opinions of the countries they love and don't know much about their own counties. Some people live in thier fantacies....what do you think?
It fuels the soul, haha. If they feel as if that is what makes them happy, then it is right. But ofcourse, ignorance is bliss, since they usually overlook the issues of where ever they are fond of.
you must be a ALMIGHTY to be entitled to release such words like:
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THEIR OWN COUNTIES...
so, by speaking so, the implication must be that YOU KNOW MUCH BEETER ABOUT THEIR OWN COUNTRIES THAN THE NATIVES???
oh...you must be very erudite!!! 。。。。。おじょうずですね！！！
could you pls give us some examples of this kind???
is Japan one of those countries which you are refering about?
@thirstybear: "is Japan one of those countries which you are refering about?"I was just thinking the same :D
I believe that each culture can contribute something interesting. For example, Japan is one of the most ancient cultures. Others like Anglophiles contribute giving us a assortment of cultures a mix of cultures.
The Japan geeks amuse me rather than annoy me, but honestly I feel that everyone needs an interest in life, and if one of a person's interests in life happens to be another country or culture, then that is their choice and I support them. If they are ignorant of their own country or culture though, that is inexcusable.
Thank you all for your posts.
I appreciate your joining this topic. It's been very interesting!
@thirstybearso & flora:
"by speaking so, the implication must be that YOU KNOW MUCH BEETER ABOUT THEIR OWN COUNTRIES THAN THE NATIVES???"
I don't really appreciate your twisting my words. Let me be clear on my position. Although I don't claim to know everything about my own country, I always try to be more knowledeable about Japan because that way, I could better help people learning the language and the culture and so on. They contact me maily because I'm Japanese and I could give some info that's hopefully helpful for them. Likewise, since I'm learning Italian, I sort of expect my Italian friends to teach me more about Italy. (BTW, my Italian friends have been very good at this.) If they didn't know much about their own country, meaning they were not able to explain the culture, society, history, politics, current issues etc. for some reason, the cultural exchange would be futile. For example, if I were asked "What's the legislative system like in Japan?" instead of saying "Well I don't know much about it, but I guess it's all right," I would research a little and answer in the best way I can, even though that's not of my interest.
Bottom line: if one is not willing to learn his/her own culture, why is learning other cultures possible?
On a side note,yes, there are people who are fond of a particular culture because of just one aspect of the country. Of course I never say one shouldn't have this interest or that, but in my opinion, that's not cultural exchange. I supose culture freaks want to have cultural exchange. Anyway, learning other cultures ends up learning your own culture because your culture is your reference point.
Since you creatively came up with an implication I didn't make,let me get back to you with my own understanding of what you're implying.I take it that you're one of those culture freaks who felt offended by my opinion?
@James: you have a very down-to-earth opinion, and I agree with you.
It is not easy to reach the core of exotic culture without living overseas a long time in that country . You might designate it as fancy or illusion what ever you want . The more you get comprehended , the more frustrated you will be , or more enchanted . Needless to say , there is no absolute positive or negative if you take culture as a whole . Everybody is supposed to have his preference , or obsession . However, you cannot deny some exotic culture in some aspects is superior to your own and vise versa , you culture is superior to others in some aspects. I found some culture confined or restricted is easy to plead their people instead of approaching outside culture . People are easy to be brain washed (LIKE NK) .Culture can be nurtured to grow by relentless communication and mindful consideration .
@ flora ^^ shake hands...
@elanvital, the host...
Ok, I sense your sincerety in discussing the CULTURES... me neither have no hard feelings, thought I believe sometimes pointy words are necessary in discussions...
however, really I failed to find out the points you made in the subsequent paragraphs... and the question remains:
on what ground do you judge the guys you OBSERVED as "don't know much about their own counties" ... if you (we all as foreigners to their own cultures?)??...
again, no hard feelings to you, just I'm not for easily judging others especially about something we don't know... or don't know much as we tought we did...
and to your another question, the answer is no!!!
I'm definitely not one of the Culture Freaks you mentioned above...
actually, ... I'm pretty much the exact opposite of those guys... and as a matter of fact I've been having a heated argument with a hongkongnese and a British boy who's been easily judging us mainland Chinese as CULTURELESS...
So definitely I'm not those Culture Freaks who forget one's roots...
I can say something about this because I was born in New Zealand and I now live in the states specifically Louisiana. When I was a kid we were told the Americans were over weight, stupid, and they had no culture. I used to think like that until I started living here. I now have a new perspective that not all Americans are stupid, or over weight. Of course their are people all over the world that fits those discriptions. As for no culture that is not true my girlfriend is cajun and her and a lot of cajuns here speak Old French some examples: Dreegailles: junk, En d’oeuil: in mourning, Fais do-do: go to sleep, Oo ye yi!: Ouch, Coo-yon: foolish, stupid. Not to mention the Native North Americans "Indians".