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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.


Brian from United Kingdom - The Genius of America

Dear America,

I'm traveling to New York and Washington for the first time in a few weeks. The prospect of going to New York is thrilling. For my whole life I have watched American films and here will be my first chance to see the many landmarks featured in these movies.

I recently saw Saturday Night Fever a wonderful evocation of 70s life in Brooklyn. I saw The Squid and the Whale, too, which is an evocation of Brooklyn in the 1980s. I love the sense of place these films create. The dialogue, and the observations of aspirations and fears, I find fascinating.

I've booked my Sopranos tour, which will take me round all the settings I have grown familiar with, watching six series (or is it seven?) of that amazing drama. I'm looking forward to seeing the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the kind of streets that are featured in The Godfather, Sex in the City and Woody Allen films.

Having had the reputation of being a low-brow culture, the Americans in the last decade have redefined television and its possibilities. I'm a fanatical fan of Alan Ball's Six Feet Under. It's a wonderful series which confronts viewers with all the really big questions. It's funny, profound and moving.

I particularly enjoy the ethnic mix which series like the Sopranos and Six Feet Under explore. For seven years I lived in Bayswater in London. It was a tough place to survive, and the English were a community among many other communities.

London is America these days. The idea of a nation state, an England that is for the English, is defunct. As a culture we are not very good at expressing or depicting this new world we live in. The Americans do it beautifully.


About the Author:

Name: Brian Jenner
Age: 39
Country: United Kingdom
City: Bournemouth
State: Dorset
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Speechwriter
Experience With US: Visited the United States
Website: http://www.brianjenner.typepad.com

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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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Bman from Australia

Dear America,

It's always hard to make an unbiased opinion on something. Somewhat contradictory, but I'll give it a shot.

America is no doubt one of the most important countries in the world, and is currently the world's super power. Their export market is high and their military is strong. The country has made many alliances and friend countries, and on the other hand many enemies.

The thing I love about America is what most people would also agree to; the music, film industry, clothing, television shows. Much of this is part of my everyday life and I give thanks to that (considering I think Australian tv shows are just weak).

On the other hand some things about America will always make my blood boil. ..

Government, the bush administration and higher military levels and their poor judgment in the Iraq liberation campaign. I'm a strong believer in the concept that the Iraq war was a scapegoat for Bush. Saddam was a bad man, and his capture was a good day in Iraqi history, but it just torn the country apart. The US troops along with other in the coalition killed many innocent Iraqi civilians in the bombings, and to this day many are still dying from car bombs etc. Many soldiers families will be sad to hear that their son, father, or husband will never come back, all because of some top rank idiots. To me, the Iraq war is pointless, and has more bad points than benefits.

Apart from that, I think the American gun culture is disgraceful. America has has the most murders in any 1st world country, and will always be that way thanks to their stupid constitutional right to bear arms. How many more school massacres have to happen before something is done? Take a guess, its as good as mine.

Another small thing is just general racism. From my perspective America has just recently got over the black (African American) racism that plagued the land for the last 100 years. Blacks are okay to be called blacks, and are accepted as the norm in society along with whites. But now there is a new accepted hatred of the middle eastern orientations. I can't pick that out too much though, its exactly the same here in Australia. I just think our countries need to be a bit more open minded.

Don't get me wrong, no country is perfect. But these are just my thoughts. I wish a good day to everyone reading this.


About the Author:

Name: Bman
Age: 19
Country: Australia
City: Sydney
State: NSW
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Liquor Salesman
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://b-t-2-3.150m.com

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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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