Setzer777 wrote:Questions about everywhere not Asia - want kind of Asian imports do you get? I noticed that at a least where I live in the US (central Texas), we get a lot of cheap manufacturing from China and Thailand, but the bulk of cultural imports are Japanese (to the point that Japanese define the average person's notion of Asia).
Likewise most cultural trend pieces I see talking about Asia talk about Japan (and especially Tokyo). It's crazy to me how one island seems to shape people's notion of the entire continent. It would be like people assuming that all of North America is like Manhattan.
Boston here. I've noticed a decreasing number of Thailand imports, with more things from Vietnam and from China (which was already a quite large percentage of the imports), but this may just be a result of what I buy now vs. what I used to buy. Culturally, though, I find there is a considerable influence of "Asia" == "China" in part due to the presence of large numbers of international students and serious researchers from China in this area. I feel in general there has been a shift from Japan being "Asia" to China being "Asia" in other cultural forms as well over the last several years, but again that may have to do with my own shift from overgrown youth to real adult.
setzer777 wrote:Oh, really? I always thought New York was the official representative of America overseas.
I have been told (by an unreliable source known to lie on occasion...) that many people in Western European countries view people from the United States as backwards hicks (i.e. the "Texas" stereotype) with the exception of people from New York, who they feel are acceptable and might as well be from another country.