One important myth that needs busting “Americans have no culture”
From time to time I hear people around me drop the above line. To be honest, it upsets me a bit because nothing could be further from the truth. We have a culture of inclusion, tolerance, and collaboration. I totally get how folks conclude that we do not have a universally and internationally acknowledged single cultural attribute since we have so many cultures coexist here. This natural coexistence though is part of our cultural signature that makes us unique in the world.
I can give you one of many personal examples for this. When I first set foot into the country I knew no one. This was a work transfer from our German headquarters to now working in the United States subsidiary. The receptionist had a friend – a divorced lady who rented me one room of her town home. It happened to be November of 1989 and Thanksgiving was just around the corner. She invited me to join her and her family to enjoy the holiday together. My interest was piqued and you cannot imagine when all the relatives showed up and the food trays kept on coming. Sharing this meal together with them changed me profoundly: Here I was sitting next to folks who treated me equally as if I had been one of their own. Better yet, they were asking me about my heritage and everybody was quite enthused to learn that I had come from Germany. Me, the former enemy right in their middle and I am sure they had lost relatives in one or both of the big wars and they were treating me like royalty. You have to realize that this had not been the norm when Germans traveled to certain regions of Europe where they were quite a few hard feelings left over.
Here we do make the effort to include all people and their values in one way, shape or form. I have not visited or lived in any other country where this multicultural approach gets practiced. This is our culture and surely something to be proud of.