I am not good at explaining issues, especially at issues which are sensitive like these. So I am gonna tell a "little" trouble I have with my nationality. I am French, Vietnamese, and Dutch. I was born in France. I lived in Vietnam, Australia, Canada, France and currently living in the US. Whenever we have a discussion about politics or history in our class. I am always being put on the spot. And let me tell you, it is not easy! First, they assume they know about my background from the minute they glance at me. Don't you hate it when people look at you and go: "Oh man, you are German, you defintely know about Nazis and Hitler!" "You are European? Good kisser, eh?" "Oh, a third world immigrant, I hope your life is better now!" "You are Irish? Do you drink?"<= these are examples for everyone so they can relate to this issue, not only myself. (obviously some doesn't care to think so they don't know who I am directing to. To prevent any more thoughtless post like that, I will include this) Not only it irritates us, it troubles us by misleading people about who we are, what we stand for. This history teacher always makes remark about how the French hates American. Then he came by the subject of manners and stuff. He asked me. I simply said that in Europe, they treat ladies in a much more polite manner, that French meal often has a smaller portion than American meal. Then he said: "Of course you don't like American way, you are French!" Then he assumes that I am a chic who care about her hair than education! Second, they have this stupid wrong-placed impression on you! I was put to tears while coming across some debating over politic things. A girl made a nasty remark about a communist leader and said he was a bad man because he is communist. Then I said: "You can't say someone is bad because they are not on your party! And in politic world, no one is really bad or good. You think the presidents are all good? That they are telling you all the secrets, all what going on? Hell no! Because you don't take politic class and you are not in the goverment, how the hell are you supposed to know what they have to deal with?" A good communist leader is still better than a bad demoracy leader! I still don't understand why people care so much about communist or demoracy. The theory is never bad or wrong! If it it went bad or wrong, it is because of the people. We human have flaws. But the girl insists on US being the best country and everyone has rights here. Yeah right! If everyone is equal here, celebs won't get special treatment like Micheal Jackson when he was on court! (He was LATE to court, wearing a P.J to court, and he was forgiven. Do you KNOW what will happen to YOU if you go to court like that?) But this girls seem immuned to the fact that I am stating my point of jugding the personality of one person. She was like: "How can you like a communist? You lived in VN. You came here for a better life!" I don't like a communist OR a demoracist! I ,as a human being, think that everyone deserves to be jugded my WHO they are, not WHAT they are. Plus, it seems like American has a superior attitude to people who came from a third world country. WHerever you live, it is the same thing! If you have money, you live well. Do you ever see hungry children in US? No? Well, tune in TV more often. Don't look for TV shows which flashs the affluent style of celebs. Look for the charity ads and see for yourself how "best" US is. The thing is: if you are in America, and you are from somewhere else? Forgive me to say this. But it seems like unless you spit on your own old country -or countries in my case-, you are not "american", you are not making sense to them. You have to totally ADORE US to be "in". If you spill about where you came from, you will be garthered into catergories! Of course, many Americans are not like that. BUt unfortunately, some is! If you have ever seen or been in situation like this, speak up. Or if you want to express your opinion, you are welcome to! I rest my case here!