Tomorrow is the lecture on that subject (today was the seminar discussion group). Should be interesting. I just hope I won't be overly critical about everything because of the vibe I got from my discussion group today.
One reason I moved to Canada was because I didn't like certain things about the States. I knew there was an anti-American attitude in Canada, and instead of relating more to that, I'm finding myself being more ... protective of the States than I'd expected. Lots of Americans don't like certain things about the States, but Canadians seem to not like everything about the States, regardless. Too many generalizations. "We don't like most things about the States so we're going to dismiss the good things and we're better thanthemineverywayIdontcarewhatyousay."
It's so eye-opening to learn about your home country while in a foreign one in a way that's impossible to see when you're still in your home country. Like I said, I knew there was an anti-American vibe here, but it's like it's engrained in their brains from birth. Canadians constantly compare themselves (favorably) to the States. Things engrained in my brain from birth about how great the States are, are flipped around to make the States look stupid. "The USA is a melting pot? The USA welcomes all nationalities? It's based on the idea of taking in less fortunate from other countries and giving them a chance to better themselves? Well, Canada isn't a melting pot. Canada's a quilt. Canada doesn't try to force everyone to be the same, we take foreigners as they are and encourage them to practice their own culture and help Canada to be as multi-cultural as possible. The States say they are diverse, but they only have ONE national language so HA! Americans strive for 'life liberty and the pursuit of happiness'? Psh, well Canada strives for 'peace order and good government' so HA!"