Good Question, Vietnam (from Harper's Magazine)

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006. From questions submitted by Vietnamese people to the U.S.-Indochina Educational Foundation for its “FAQ About America” project. Originally from Harper's Magazine, January 2005.

When did your culture form?

What does a typical American look like? Do actors and actresses in Hollywood movies possess characteristics of a typical American?

What is Hollywood?

There are many sexy scenes in American movies. Does that reflect the daily lives of Americans?

How many people in the U.S.A. like to drink Coke?

Why are American presidents so bellicose?

Does the U.S. really wish for peace and happiness for other countries, as they always announce in public?

What do Americans think about Communists?

People say that Americans look down on people of color and people from Third World countries. Is that true?

Are Americans extravagant?

Americans are very combative, aren’t they?

Why do many Americans like to be single nowadays?

Americans seem to be superficial and not sincere. What do you think about this?

Do you think using an excessive amount of slang will gradually destroy the beauty of the English language?

What will happen if the American president doesn’t carry out the promises that he made in the campaign?

What percentage of the U.S. population wants to be a good friend of Vietnam in all fields?

How can the post-traumatic stress disorder be solved? What are the U.S. responsibilities in solving it?

Why does America appear to be the major factor of almost every war?

Which aspects of life are American people most interested in?

I have learned America is a free country; what is the real freedom in this country?

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