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American Behaviors Considered Rude In Other Countries

American Behaviors Considered Rude In Other Countries


The big, brash, rude American: an unfair stereotype
made-up by non-Americans harboring enmity towards a hegemonic culture that has bled
into almost every crevice of the world, or an unassailable truth that Americans should
take counsel for? The concept of the Rude American has been
around a while. Mark Twain wrote about the phenomenon of the
loud, gauche American upsetting the locals on his travels, while a novel and later a
movie starring Marlon Brando was called The Ugly American. If you are American and watching this, you
might take some solace in the fact that the Chinese are making the headlines these days
as the world’s most badly behaved tourists. The question is, are the ‘yanks’ really
that rude? That’s what we intend to find out in this
episode of The Infographics Show, American Behaviors Considered Rude Around the World. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
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If there is one thing Americans, fairly or unfairly, are accused of it’s being too
loud. This has been an accusation going around for
some time. Is it actually true? Well, a lot of opinion articles out there
seem to think so. There is no scientific evidence, however. A story published by The Huffington Post once
blamed this loudness on the fact that, “Awareness of how personal actions impact others seems
to be a weak point for Americans in general.” The loud Chinese tourist groups are said to
be partly a result of personal space, or lack thereof. But Americans have space, for the most part. Some people take American loudness seriously
too. One café in Ireland made the headlines in
2014 because of a sign in its window: “No Bus/Coach or Loud American’s. Thank You.” This sparked outrage in America, but we might
ask if all these quiet objectors have a point? American writer and social critic Hunter S.
Thompson may have put the alleged loudness down to privilege, pride and too much belief
in personal power. But in America perhaps making yourself heard
is A-OK; unfortunately for loud folks, in some cultures it isn’t. What many tourists traveling in the USA don’t
realize is that tipping in some situations is not just an act of kindness, but due to
low wages the tips are actually expected. Not tipping in some situations would be plain
rudeness. It can also work the other way in other countries. Tipping can be insulting in some cultures,
just as walking up to someone in the street and handing them a dollar because you thought
their shoes were tatty would be insulting. If Americans plan on going to Japan for instance,
they shouldn’t tip, rather they should just be polite…and er, not too loud. In a Japanese restaurant, or using a taxi
service, if you try to tip you’ll likely get the money back. Good service is something you deserve in Japan,
and handing over money might be perceived as charity. Much of Asia – China, Hong Kong, South Korea,
and China, is similar, but the same goes for parts of Europe. In the UK it might be ok to tip in a high-end
restaurant, but throw an extra “quid” at the barman in a traditional pub and you’ll
likely create an awkward moment. Americans are often complimented for their
being forthright and outspoken. This has also been called obnoxious. It just depends where you are. In much of Europe, especially restaurants
in France and the UK, sending food back is quite extreme. “The customer is always right” adage doesn’t
work so well in Europe, a continent, where according to The Guardian, Americans have
been dispatched from posh restaurants for asking for ketchup or salt with their haute
cuisine. Surveys have revealed that 38% of British
people would never complain regardless of the state the food was in. In Asia, a continent where loss of face is
taken with the utmost seriousness, Americans should be aware that if they do complain it
should be done in a way that doesn’t cause harm. You could try and say, “Hi, the food is
absolutely delicious, but do you think you could put it under the grill for another 10
minutes…” In 2016, online review community TrustPilot
did indeed report that Americans are prone to grumbling, stating that a survey it conducted
“confirms the American propensity to complain”. On to matters of a more sartorial nature:
There’s a meme making the rounds in which tech billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg
are complimented for their rather informal and un-showy dress code. Americans like to don a pair of flip-flops
and a t-shirt now and again, but do this on a date, in a government office, or at a house
party in some countries, and it could be perceived as you insulting the person or people you
are meeting with. In parts of the developing world, if you have
the money you are expected to wear the money, as some people can’t be that fortunate. Never dress down when you have an appointment
in Asia, and for women, remember that showing too much skin could be conceived as impolite. In Thailand for instance, while a backpacker
won’t get thrown out of a government office for wearing shorts and a tank top, that person’s
breach of Thai propriety will result in them probably just having a harder time than other
tourists in that office. If you don’t care, they won’t. In 2013 the world’s richest man, Bill Gates,
was mired in controversy after he apparently disrespected South Korean President Park Geun-hye
by shaking her hand with his other hand in his pocket. We already know Gates is not one to stand
on ceremony, but his lackadaisical greeting was seen as brazen to the Korean Press. “Cultural difference, or an act of disrespect?”
asked one newspaper, and Koreans took to social media to mount a show of dismay. “Even considering the cultural difference,
there is an appropriate manner for certain occasions,” wrote one commenter. But to most Americans such an act was not
an act of disrespect but just being friendly, or laid-back. Americans value freedom and individualism,
while some other cultures value hierarchy, status, and conformity. Speak-up, be who you want, says the American,
while there’s a saying in Japan that says, “Hammer the nail that sticks out.” When in Rome do as the Romans do, is probably
a lot more relevant to strict Asian cultures than it is to laid-back western cultures. Turning-up late for an informal appointment
might seem like poor form in the USA, and also in northern Europe, but in other countries
you are actually not expected to be right on time. In Spain for instance, being on time is not
seen as such a big deal at all, and certainly something you shouldn’t balk at. Being fussy about punctuality might be construed
as being difficult, off-hand. In Thailand they have what’s called Thai-Time,
which means being late for a date or dinner appointment is just accepted as the norm. According to one article, in Argentina if
you turn up on time for a dinner party at someone’s house, it’ll be seen as you
being rather pushy. The article compares it to being an hour early
for dinner in America. Moroccans are equally laid-back about time,
according to some people they simply don’t concern themselves with the matter of punctuality. It’s similar in Mexico, India, Indonesia,
Greece, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, and Russia, but turn up late in Japan or the UK and you’ll
nettle someone’s ego for sure. Maybe the most amusing fact is that in Brazil,
where punctuality isn’t a big issue, when they want people to actually be punctual,
they say things like “3pm, English Time.” Academics state that there are monochronic
and polychronic cultures, those that value orderliness and sticking to plans, and those
that take things as they come. Making out in public is probably the one faux-pas
Americans need to understand. Kissing, or even hugging, in public spaces
in some countries is about as shocking to people as actually having sexual intercourse
in public in the USA. The general rule to follow here is just don’t
be intimate or over tactile with your lover in public all over the Middle East. In Dubai, a city that might look modern, kissing
in public could land you in jail. In Indonesia, a kissing session in the streets
could result in a fine of 29,000 dollars. The same goes for most Muslim cultures, but
also in non-Muslim parts of etiquette-heavy Asia, public displays of affection are generally
outlawed in a non-legal sense. Holding hands might be acceptable, but anything
that might provoke a “get a room” response in the USA would definitely be met with disdain. If loud noise is merely irksome in some cultures,
getting it on in public could be a serious offense both legally and in the context of
propriety. Always be sure to read the cultural Dos and
Don’ts before visiting any country. Follow this advice and you will certainly
have a better experience travelling around the world. To be fair to Americans, we might also remember
that they could also be the ones upset at having their own boundaries breached regarding
behavior. This could happen when the Asian person doesn’t
think twice about asking Americans how much money they earn, or asking their age, or telling
them that they’ve put on lots of weight and look fat. Ok for them, impolite to the American. Or what about when the Spanish dude turns
up one hour late for dinner and the meal is ruined, or when that Chinese girl you started
dating got upset just because you showed her some warmth and affection. With this in mind, do you really think it’s
fair that Americans are called ‘rude’ or ‘ugly’? Let us know in the comments! And if you liked this video, be sure to check
out our other video called What If the US Budget Was Only $100! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 comments on “American Behaviors Considered Rude In Other Countries

  1. In England you aren’t expected to tip. It’s not rude but no one expects it and it’s not official. Usually it’s just saying something like “keep the change,” and it never happens at restaurants it’s just like if you ordered a take away meal or got a taxi ride.

  2. People call Americans rude for not learning every single thing about their culture like the first thing I'm going to research when I get to Japan is if its OK to tip. If its polite and respectful in your country why wouldn't you do it in others? Its common sense. Of course if its impolite in other countries I won't do it again out of respect for their culture. But be more mindful and know that every country hates dealing with tourists because of this. Including America. If a Japanese man with a heavy accent comes into a restaurant and I'm his waiter I'll understand that he probably won't tip because its disrespectful in his country. Keep that in mind.

  3. There are definitely many more countries in the world that do not consider it a problem to be late and consider it rude to be early than were indicated. And, as implied, it is definitely very rude in other cultures to be late, and no big deal to be early (unless you are hours early, generally). It is a pretty intractable problem. For me the former is difficult to comprehend; if no one knows when you're supposed to be there (and they don't, even if they claim they do; I have direct experience of various people from the same culture having entirely different ideas of the "right" time to show up late), then how do you avoid wasting everyone's time all the time?

  4. Murica "bumps into someone by accident" I'm gonna fight you for bumping into me and call 911.

    Canada "bumps into someone by accident" I'm sorry. "then moves on with his/her day"

  5. I think the loud American stereotype comes from Logan Paul, thanks Logan now I will forever be viewed as loud and obnoxious

  6. Americans here are considered rude not because of their “loudness”, but because of their patriotism, nationalism, and arrogance. Behaving superior is not appreciated. Expression of opinions is recommendable as honesty is a core value, but maintain respectful. Sympathy is often difficult to find in all cultures unfortunately.

  7. America is different so people in other countries can't get afended when we do something that we are use too

  8. I live in the US five years and am still shocked with the rudeness! Here people have the freedom of speech, but americans do not hear one another. Here the capitalism operates, but large companies buy small companies to eliminate competitors and monopolize the market. They are pioneers with laws that protect human lives, but they value money more than anything. I could go on for hours.

    Americans, you need to go international and know new cultures. Life is much more than high GDP and nuclear weapons. Try to live in another country, other than England or France where you usually go, and merge with their culture. That is how you grow!

  9. If you guys hate me being loud then you guys are going to hate it when I Blass My music at 6:00 in the morning🐼

  10. simple lack of respect for nature culture and religion… most of them have an arrogant superficial and materialistic view on life, thats why i cant think of americans without feeling sick.. americans are simply shallow people..

  11. Hey in the UK the customer service is excellent and if you want to change your order you can full stop

  12. I am a non american i visited us twice,in my experience they have too much ego in them n they always brag about their accent like their accent is the best rest all are bad,useless n they r just rude n unmannered to foreigners(sometimes)

  13. Shoes in the house, shoes in the bed, so annoying in american movies. In Europe it’s an insult

  14. @3:09
    Unknown people from an unknown company (TrustCo) judging Americans:
    We are ready to confirm Americans have the propensity to complain.

    **THIS IS A COMPLAINT!! I am curious whether it is an American or foreign company that made this statement.

  15. Hang on now what did the Americans put in there windows in the time of the great Irish famine `no dog or Irish`

  16. Yea we complain about our food cause we're paying a ridiculous amount of money for it. Like $10 for a hamburger? I could make one to satisfy myself for like $1

  17. Yea so there's a reason those countries are poor cause ya know that whole thing on punctuality and being on time instead of wasting it

  18. The being on time thing is so true I'm from Europe and when I go somewhere I'm always at least 5 minutes late.

  19. wait wait wait wait…. at 7:07, the bull has 5 legs, I think this was a mistake or the artist wasn't sure the pose the bull would take….it would more likely be a mistake/accident

  20. In Spain it is very important to be on time and if your not it can lead to trouble other things is the stereotype foreners have create since they only come on vacation everybody is much more relaxed

  21. 4:42 Call me a nitpicky person but I am kind of annoyed that the video represented Japan with the bamboo trees and pandas. They are Chinese symbolisms! Panda's aren't even native to Japan. Always hate it when foreigners get Chinese and Japanese culture mixed up.

  22. Americans are weak, whiners and entitlted…. I don't know why, they're standards are extremely low and they are used to poor quality

  23. It’s not fair lol, we’re all just different. Not enough people will take the time to get to know cultural norms, that’s okay. Just try and right misunderstandings is all we can do as people.

  24. If you are paying, you should be able to ask for the way you like things. Can’t change it, then don’t ever go to that specific place.

  25. Im Ghanain and being late isn't the norm
    People are just always late so we made a joke called Ghana man time😭
    Thats it❗️❗️

    Edit: Just unpaused the video and I guess its totally true

  26. When I was in hong kong (2017) me and my family where at ocean park and some random chinese women grabbed my mom and tried to take a picture of her and my mom but my mom pushed her away and said "no !" Then that random woman walked away . So yes , chinese ppl can also be mean . ( I am Swedish).

  27. The thing with Americans is we are very independent minded and are used to a culture where we have to argue and fight to get things exactly the way we want it, be it in a restaurant or whatnot. We like things customized to our individual liking and get upset when people say no…… alot of Americans are well-meaning but fail to understand other countries aren't as fiercely individualistic as we are and our attitudes and expectations might come off as rude.

    I was in France one time and I saw another American girl order a croissant at a store and then asked where they kept the butter. In france, putting butter on croissants is considered weird because they bake them with the butter already in. The girl got all pissy and stomped away all annoyed because the owner told her no and to just eat it the way it is.

  28. Ah the hypocrisy. Several times I've seen foreigners being rude in the US. For instance, last weekend I was getting a pedicure and a Russian lady sat down across the aisle, she gives me this look of dismal. The up and down look finished with a slight eye roll. In a restaurant a group from the Philippines were making fun of me, not caring that I can see and hear them. One overweight man in the group, pointed at me and states that what happens when you don't have a man. A few weeks ago I was following someone into the self checkout lane at Walmart and this foreigner (sounded like he was from eastern Europe) walked right in front of me. I said "SIR?!" The lady he was with pulled him back and he said "What? I beat her." smh

  29. I never really noticed the 'loud American' thing until I went travelling round Europe, and it's definitely a thing. I remember a specific occasion where I was on the train in Prague and it was quiet and everyone was minding their own business, then a bunch of Americans get on and it was so ridiculously loud for no reason. The rest of the people on the train kind of sighed and were looking at each other rolling their eyes.

  30. americans values conformity quite a lot actually, just look at their football stadium you better conform to the crowd there.

  31. Lol im from Europe and heard only the thing abaut being to loud wich i disagree with cause half of my classmates are also SUPER LOUD and they are also Europeans.

  32. Not All Americans are rude i am one And i Don’t be loud and other stuff Why do other people think Americans are even loud? is that a stereotype?

  33. I’ve been to Mexico, Ireland , Asia and found Asians to be the loudest. Then British and Italians are way louder than everyone else.

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