Sometimes I wonder how certain stereotypes came to be. That is until I catch myself in the middle of one … or more of them. Then I realize, “oh yeah … people like me”.
Americans are often stereotyped, just like any other culture. We are occasionally labeled as lazy and wearing sweatpants and t-shirts. – Granted there are plenty of other stereotypes about Americans, this just happens to be the most applicable one for today.
Side note: feel free to cue up Toby Keith’s “Proud to be an American” and listen to this as you imagine the following:
Today, I caught myself as I was halfway to pickup my carry-out lunch from a near by restaurant. Yeah, I definitely had on yoga pants, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt. But, if it makes it any better the sweatshirt is one I would consider “nice” … Maybe it doesn’t make it any better. I’m trying, OK! Then again, I also had the messy “I just woke up” bun on the top of my head with bobby pins trying to hold down the fly-aways I had going on up there. So maybe not any better after all. Imagine my nappy self walking through two busy blocks looking like a hot mess and the only laowei (foreigner, or whitey as I refer to myself) in sight. Yes, America, this is who you have representing your country in China. I apologize for my disrespect.
In my defense, American women usually look at yoga pants as the “classier” sweatpants … No? Eh … I admit, I just fed the American stereotype Burgers and Fries.*
As I walked back to my apartment, partially hanging my head in shame, I noticed the knock-off KFC across the street from my apartment building with a sign that reads:
“Burgers and Fries
So thanks America for the worldwide stereotype of fast food, burgers and fries.
* Burgers and Fries analogy is a knock-off of an Amalie original stereotype analogy. (Hope you are ok with me stealing your original idea…) ** The photo is from the knock-off KFC across the street from my apartment. *** Yes, I really went out like this: