This thread is in response to the thread about the misconceptions that people around the world have about the US.
I just returned from working on a summer camp (CampUS Kids Minisink) where I furiously plugged the SDMB to anyone who would listen.
Anyway I was forced to confront many misconceptions that the American Youth, and sadly sometimes adults, had about my home country South Africa. The worst of these was:
American Youth: So where are you from?
Moi: South Africa
American Youth: Yes but what country?
Moi: boot to the head
Other classics included:
“Can you speak ‘African?’”
“Could you drive around Africa in a day?”
“Why aren’t you black?”
“If you came to live here would you be an African American?”
(My response was “No. A South African American.”)
“Do you have buildings?”
“Is it hard to live in the desert?”
“Are there lions and tigers near your house?”
“Do you have MacDonalds back in Africa?”
“Do you have TV?”
“What do you mean you have never heard of insert local celebrity here?!”
So I was wondering if there are any others who have had misconceptions about their country expressed by people of other nationality?