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Perceptions of America:                     

An alien’s journey from cultural cringe to

cultural shock

Originally published in June 2003, as an open letter from Bruce Dickson to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) forum on 'What the world thinks of America'. Introduction After moving to the United States from Australia, I commenced a monthly newsletter to my friends and family back home. Subsequently some of my Aussie mates commented on the (surprisingly?) positive tone found in these 'letters from America'. My simple response at the time was that there is little need for me to focus on this country’s wider deficiencies, as I can safely leave that task to the Australian media (the 'only in America' but not in Australia syndrome). (Read more ...)