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By Gary Althen

I believe lots of people which are American or have an American lifestyle, could locate it uncomfortable as the booklet issues either to strengths and flaws. we do not like our flaws to be uncovered. that is why lots of people provide it undesirable scores. yet as a foreigner dwelling within the US, i believe the writer is true at the funds on every little thing he says. After this, I truly comprehend American tradition extra. i'm now much less judgemental approximately american citizens. you cannot pass judgement on someone for anything they grew up with new release after new release and for issues that they discovered that could be beside the point for different cultures, yet have been very acceptable for his or her environment and surroundings. So congratulations to the author!!! and now I comprehend americans and do not pass judgement on them flippantly.

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It is not just through the actions of governments or other formal bodies that life can be improved but through the actions of citizen volunteers as well. Many international visitors are awed by the array of activities Americans support on a voluntary basis: parent-teacher organizations in elementary and secondary schools, community “service clubs” that raise money for worthy causes, organizations of families that play host to foreign students, “clean-up, paint-up, fix-up” campaigns to beautify communities, organizations working to preserve wilderness areas, and on and on.

Being a bank vice president is quite respectable, but being a bank president is more so. The president gets a higher salary and more prestige. The president can also buy more things—indicators of status: a bigger house, a sports car, a boat, a beach home on a Caribbean island, and so on. Regardless of income, Americans tend to spend money rather freely on material goods. Items that were once considered luxuries, such as personal computers, telephone answering machines, microwave ovens, and electric garage-door openers are now considered “necessities” by many Americans.

When it comes time for a person to meet unknown others in the larger society, members of the collective act as go-betweens and make introductions, describe the person’s accomplishments and abilities, and so forth… . In short, individualists have to rely on themselves and to develop skills that allow them to branch out in society. Collectivists have a supportive group that assists in this same goal. (Brislin 1990, 21–22) Collectivists will want to understand that individualists are, according to Harry Triandis, Richard Brislin, and C.

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