What Effects Canadians' Views of America? pt.2

I just wanted to add, before I continue with this topic, that the information I receive and base my discussions off of are, unfortunately, generalizations, and in no way, shape, or form, an accurate representation of each individual.

Continuing on this topic (not quite an inquiry) of what effects the view of America, I decided to look at the different ways Canada, and the rest of the world, see the U.S. During Barrack Obama's presidency, the world seemed to have more confidence in the now global super power, than ever before. However, since the 2016 inauguration of Donald Trump, this confidence has declined tremendously. The more prominent non-American opinions of the US may be largely influenced and shaped by this single individual. There is little to no confidence in President Trump's ability to do the "right thing" in world affairs, in both Western Europe and Canada. The majority of Western Europe, and most of Canada, believes the US does not respect the liberties of its people, and doesn't take the interest of their country into account when making international policies. Both of these make me wonder how we define what the "right" thing to do is in each aspect. Is there more to each global leaders' story that we do not know, or cannot understand? 

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Hey Barnes!

American supremacy is one the most common topic discussed about by many people in many parts of the world. Its economic ability, military supremacy, global influence and wealth is written in historical books and in many other forms of arts such as the media. The elections conducted in 2016 was anticipated across the world and the results, coldly welcomed by some, were gradually pondered over and over again, until when nothing apart from acceptance and moving on was worth. Criticism on the U.S, maybe is induced by the promises made by the president Donald Trump on the travel bans, the Mexican border, the repealing and replacement of the Obamacare program, de-certifying the Iran nuclear deal and improving the U.S economy.(1) Perhaps the view on the US is influenced by its president's promises, maybe his speech concerning other people and other countries, maybe his tweets and relations with the media. Probably people refer to him with different approaches, whether true or based on stereotypes. But can all acts be justified depending on the actors opinion? Are the right things fixed as the only right things or maybe they are right because we collectively want to consider them as right? Just as your question in the last sentence, is there something we cannot figure out as far as global leadership is concerned? 

(1)https://www.independent.co.uk/...as/us-politics/trump

I wonder, as a Canadian, if we don’t see Americans as pretty much like us, instead of belonging to a different culture altogether.  If I go to Mexico I don’t expect things to be the same as in Canada - language, ethnicity, history etc are different, so I expect the people to be different too.  In the US the language is the same, we share a common English origin (in part), the food is mostly familiar... so the assumption is that Americans are like Canadians.  When this assumption is questioned, as with gun control, or Trump, it is hard to accept.  If we start from the position that the US is a different culture, we might be more tolerant of the country.

In the 1980’s one of the main reasons I remember disliking the US was the hypocracy of its foreign policy.  On the one hand, America proclaimed itself defender of democracy against totalitarian communism.  It was just hard to accept this in light of US support for death squads in El Salvador and right wing dictatorships like that in Guatemala.  Iran Contra, Chile, Nicaragua ... in each case US fear of communism cause an abandonment of ideals.  I assumed the USSR was  acting in its own interests, but held the USA to higher standards.

Is it synecdoche or metonymy to think of the president as standing for the whole country?

 

Hi Jalynne, I find your topic quite interesting. I think many people around the world have very different opinions on other parts of the world, a lot of their views being stereotyped.  However, we do hear a lot of stuff on the news about what is happening in other parts of the world, which might allow people to make judgements depending on what the subject is. Maybe for your question , it could be something along the lines of “How do others parts of the world view America?”.  You could look into what other parts of the world hear about America and what they see on the news and whatnot.  

Good luck!

 

Hey Jalynne,

I completely agree with what you've found. It's not uncommon for people here (classmates, friends, teachers) to bash Trump and/or Americans altogether, and sometimes it's a little low. In terms of the American-bashing, there's often little rhyme or reason to it, and it's just a joke thrown out for chuckles with little thought or purpose behind it (like the old stereotypical "fat American" joke).

This article talks a little bit about the global loss of support for Trump: https://globalnews.ca/news/397...rld-approval-canada/

I hope in your future research you look a little into the opposite, seeing how Americans view Canadians and why the view of them may be generalized.

Good luck,
Joanna

Hey Jalynne,

Your question is interesting! I'm really curious that how the Canadian view of America because that Canada and America are close to each other that one of my friend prefer to go to Seattle to shopping in the weekend. I think that Canada and America will have closer relationship/connection. In addition, I will highly agree Rhea's comment that you can go over how the people in other country view America, and what might affect their view. Good luck!

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