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Content for Blog to America is completely generated by the readers. This site brings together individuals from around the world to post their opinions on the United States in the form of letters and comments. Our site aims to encourage global communication and create an international dialogue between America and the world. The most interesting of these letters and comments will be included in a future publication.


Letters from Americans are kept on the American Perspectives page.


Chong from Malaysia - How America Affects Us

Dear America,

I am a Malaysian of Chinese descent. In trade, politics, fashion and especially mass media, America or the US (as we like to call you here) affects us tremendously. Since the late 50s, after we got our independence from Britain, the American influence was all mighty from Elvis Presley and Western cowboy movies. America was the hero, the great country. They brought down the Germans and the Japanese. Our leaders admired you so much that they borrow the stripes of your flag for our new one.

However, of late, your heroic image has taken a dark change. Because of our multi racial and multi religious nature, we are seeing America through colored lenses. Our Malay and Muslim brothers hate the Americans for their war against terrorism which affects Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the perceived bias for Israel. To the economically vibrant Chinese community here, the key American business role here is increasingly being taken over by an ever stronger China.

I would like to see an America that continues to fight for the weak, the besieged and the poor. The war against terror has taken a paradigm shift that future generations might see as a fight against the weak.


About the Author:

Name: Chong Kee Chew
Age: 48
Country: Malaysia
City: Kuala Lumpur
State: Capital
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Sales Manager
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Lord Le Stat from India - America As Seen By An Indian

Dear America,

This is Lord Le Stat from India. A few days ago, I got an e-mail from your MySpace ID, stating that you would like to have my views about your country.

It is with this regard that I am writing to you.

First and foremost, I love America for it has given me the greatest love of my life, i.e. Rock music. Secondly, I admire the respect that your country shows to individuals and organizations with respect to privacy, intellectual property rights, human rights and how can I not state the "engine" which drives your nation, i.e. capitalism, though not perfect, its good for your country to a certain extent.

I also admire the multi-culturalism that is very much present in your country. If you'd asked me for an opinion about your country a few years back let's say 10 years back, maybe I would not have been bothered to say anything, because I believe that only a decade or so back did racial minorities in your country, primarily, African Americans/Blacks got the respect, which they very well deserved and started being treated as equals.

It is very good to see that your country takes great care of its citizens and also its minorities, i.e. religious, ethnic, linguistic and so on and so forth.

What is also amazing is that you country is the most powerful country in this world, as of now, and like my country, we showed the Brits, who the Boss was, when they colonized our respective nations.

Freedom of speech, highest regard for education and entrepreneurship are something which will help your nation in long term, as they are doing now.

But, like every other thing in life, your nation too isn't without flaws, when I say this, I am talking about your country's foreign policy, vis-a-vis, India & Pakistan.

The US Administration has and will continue to harbour hegemonically ambitions, which too a certain extent are megalomanical, which hasn't always worked out good for US, what with Osama Bin Laden proving to be a Frankenstein's Monster and Russia's recent rise is again not a cause for happiness.

Playing two nations against each other, point in case, rapproachment with India, with whom relations were nothing to speak about during the Cold War, against China, is going to do no good to the US, because if the US continues to do so, it will prove that the US is either ignorant of the term, Frankstein's Monster or is too blinded by its selfishness [selfishness to a certain extent is good, not 100% selfishness = path to self destruction]

If the US could show some sincerity and shed the baggage of hypocrisy, that it has shown while dealing with nations, I believe it would benefit US and other nations.

Last but not the least, I look forward to better and improved relations between India and the US and hope that our two great nations, who not only are the most tolerant, vibrant and greatest democracies and economies of the world, do something for the betterment of the world.


About the Author:

Name: Lord Le Stat
Age: 24
Country: India
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: www.myspace.com/abhimanyu

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Tu from Vietnam

Dear America,

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070417/ap_on_re_us/virginia_tech_shooting

That's it! I wasn't sure what exactly I should write on this blog until now, after reading the article about the "shooting in Virginia Tech". 33 death, with 27-29 wounded. How do you explain that?

Somebody have told me that Gun control is not the ultimate solution for this school/random shooting in America, but education does. Haven't American been educating their people to love, to respect nature, that war is negative, and that shooting people is bad and illegal? And yet these kind of issues still continue to happen, and they get worse and worse by time.

"Until Monday [prior to the Virginia Tech school shooting], the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard plowed his pickup truck into a Luby's Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself.

Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police."

These are fact! And I say that even though gun control might not be the ultimate solution, but I believe it is our temporary solution that need to be implemented to solve this problem, to reduce the risk for innocent people, and to give American more feeling of safety.

Anybody oppose?


About the Author:

Name: Tu
Age: 24
Country: Vietnam
City: Ho Chi Minh
Gender: Female
Occupation: Accountant/Finance
Experience With US: Have lived in the United States

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Noelle from Philippines

Dear America,

This is my first time to "blog" I really don't know how this is done,I don't have a title just a topic because I don't know what to put on, anyway I choose education because it's were I can relate . By the way I'm from the Philippines, it's my DREAM that someday I can go To U.S. and teach there and experience how your education system really runs. I had a chance to do that when I was still teaching in the refugee camp in Morong, Bataan and we were ask to teach in one of the class there it is in the Subic Bay Camp, when the U.S. base was still there. But it's a very short experience, 14 years ago I can still remember that inside the classroom, it's carpeted, air-conditioned, each student has his own cabinet or box for his things with his name on it, the interaction between the students were short because they have this movie time, then they went to the canteen for their snacks after that we went back to the camp. I think our supervisor, Jamie Bidwell (I hope the spelling is correct) was exposing us to "American way of handling students in the classroom because we were teaching Vietnamese refugees then.

I really love that experience, where we Filipino teachers taught the refugees, with the help of our American supervisors and I know it is impossible that there will be another refugee camp here in the Phils. I was an ESL teacher in P.R.P.C. (World Relief Corporation) and I want to take this opportunity to thank the following Jaime Bidwell, Gordon Sphar, Debbie Gassaway, to those who I forgot the names, sorry, but Thanks anyway, I really treasured the times I was in the camp doing all the things you taught us. I know that it was supported by DND if I,m not mistaken so all the teaching materials are available, just plan your lesson well and do your best always. Lastly, I wish that someday there's another company or another WRC would plan to have a refugee camp or school for street children here in the Philippines, so that it can help our children giving them the best education just like the refugees before. Thank You and GODSPEED....

NOELLE HL


About the Author:

Name: Noelle
Age: 42
Country: Philippines
City: Muntiblupa
State: Bataan
Gender: Female
Income: Low
Occupation: Teacher
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Samantha from Singapore - The American Dream

Dear America,

How did you rise to become a power nation so influential on almost everything from politics to entertainment? Take a look at Hollywood for example. Why is it so famous that everyone from everywhere knows the actors and actresses, the movies and shows? Why are they getting paid so much to act? Are they really worth that much? Wouldn't it benefit more people if the money went into providing for the people suffering from poverty in America itself?

America has become so influential that its movies, TV serials commercials etc. are being aired to other countries and people are becoming so addicted to those drama serials and movies that cable TV has become a normality in all households. Kids grow up watching 'American' TV, listening to 'American' music, following 'American' fashion trends etc. Kids from all over end up wanting to be like the idols they see on TV and magazines. But that becomes so impossible when you're living in the other end of the world. So kids like me tend to dream of such big dreams yet knowing that chances of it ever realizing it are little to zero, but yet every time we watch shows like America's next top model, American Idol, TV shows like One Tree Hill, The OC etc, we get that inspiration once again to want to be a famous actress or singer because with it comes so much fame, fortune and ultimately leading to 'happiness'.

So how America, how did you manage to influence the world? Start a war between Iraq, change the economy, change history, create new science etc. How will we, living in small countries that some people don't even know exist, ever rise up to become just as successful as Hillary Clinton, Kelly Clarkson, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Tyra Banks, Opera Winfrey & Steven Spielberg?


About the Author:

Name: Samantha Aloysius
Age: 18
Country: Singapore
City: Singapore
Gender: Female
Occupation: Student
Experience With US: Visited the United States
Website: http://www.myspace.com/sam_nutts

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The Eagle Spirit from Vietnam

Dear America,
Many people are angry with you for instigating war in the Middle East and for acting like the world's police. I see your arrogance, but let's take a few seconds to reflect at what you've done for the world. I gather three major contributions: 1) Your charitable act toward third world countries, 2) Your initiation in reserving this planet, 3) Your effort in preventing another holocaust.

Before I proceed, I must clarify that when referring to America, I am talking about the people and not just the government itself. It is evident that America has by far poured more money in assisting world's disasters than any other countries. For example, America had assisted victims of the Indonesian Tsunami in 2004 but what have America received from the world when the Hurricane Katrina struck? During the Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 event, America united and assisted each other. There are those who contributed money and those who contributed man power. Such events are self-evident that America is generous by heart. I must admit that there are con artists who swindle citizens during bad times but there will always be a bad apple in the basket.

By far, I've seen more American environmental activists than any other countries. Look at the policies and guidelines that the government has imposed upon companies. It is harder to establish a manufacturing company in America than elsewhere because of the rules and policies. I am not speaking about how effective these policies are; I am just merely pointing out that America has made environmental factor awareness.

Many people are calling America arrogant because she is aggressive in her own ways. I remember NATO was formed to prevent another holocaust but I see that NATO hasn't met up with its initial goals. Members of the NATO wait for America to act as the world police while they sit back and watch. I remember reading a book about Italy selling weapons to Iraq and terrorists while America is at war.

I can see that the world looks at America through the immaculate lens. Let's face it, America can strive to be perfect but perfection can never be achieved. In conclusion, I think America is still the best country to live in. America is more charitable, environmentally friendly and self-righteous than any other countries that I've lived in.


About the Author:

Name: The Eagle Spirit
Age: 24
Country: Vietnam
City: Peoria
State: AZ
Gender: Female
Experience With US: Currently Live in the United States

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Lucy from Japan

Dear America,
America…it is hard to think of what to say to you as I see the world is in a constant debate to try to define you and find your proper role. To me, strangely enough, America has become my home and a very strong part of my identity that I cannot refute. I have spent most of my life in the U.S. and obtained my permanent residency at a young age. Having had the freedom to choose to live in the united states, I should be in great awe at the vast opportunities America has to offer…and it has….I am one of the lucky immigrants that has been able to take advantage of what the American Dream has to offer…great education system, good wages, internationalization, vast mixing of cultures, etc. etc. Yet, I am still uncertain weather I can fully accept America for what it is. How can you embrace America as your home if America does not listen to us, us as the many multi-cultural residents in the U.S. that has often found that the world is screaming messages to America that she doesn’t seems to hear.

Do you know how it feels to be told by a relative, “Why are you doing this? Why are you sending troops into Iraq?” Apparently “you” (me) is equated with America, and I am lost as to how to explain to my cousin, that yes although I live in the states I and many others around me were not the ones who sent the troops marching. That democracy doesn’t necessarily mean that you are heard.

You think it is right to play the world’s police, and yet what is it telling the world if you decide not to listen even to the UN? We didn’t care, and we didn’t know, but we will get what we want…ignorance and arrogance as one of my friends put it. We need to learn to fully evaluate every situation by looking into more than the intent the government has. Every country has its history, politics, government, etc…and we need to know the other before deciding what to do. It is too late to find out the very complex history and sects of Iraq that could have warned us of the civil war that erupted. America is a powerful giant, there is no refuting that, but as such a powerful country, it must learn to take responsibility for its actions. It is no longer about what Americas wants, or even about saving Bush’s face, we must begin to re-evaluate our prior actions and begin to have a different mind set in evaluating such foreign policies.

About the author:

Name: Lucy
Age: 22
Country: Japan
Gender: Female
Experience with America: Currently Living in the US

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