👍 Some Do's & Don'ts For The USA 👎 Mentally Preparing To Adapt To Potential 'Merican Life 🤯
A possible interview date for immigration to the USA is on the horizon, and it has me pondering how my Khmer family and I will interact with 'Mericans.
☁️ Keep The Conversation Light
This video is quite a ramble, but I think there are two core things that I want to convey in this video. The first big thing I am always reminded after returning to the USA for visits from abroad is that conversation must be kept very light and casual.
Even with close friends and family members, it's best to just talk about very simple things while watching them watch television. Conversation with most Americans must be kept very light, and it's best to talk about the following three things: sports, the weather, and movies/television shows.
🙅♂️ Americans Aren't Socially/Emotionally Available
The other thing that always shocks me when I visit the USA is how emotionally and socially unavailable most Americans are. In Cambodia it's common for a total stranger to spark up a conversation about some serious stuff with little foreplay, and I love and miss this directness. If you look a little sad when you walk down the street to grab an ice cold coconut, your village coconut hawker might ask you what's wrong and try to offer some kind of assistance.
I am always shocked that I can't be "as real" with my former hometown highschool friends as I can be with my local coconut lady in Cambodia, whose name I don't even know. I think it's the lack of a "village attitude" in the USA that cause many Americans to never even know the names of neighbors they've lived next to for 30 years.
Well....that's the best summary I can provide about this cultural ramble, and I hope I do get see some hilarious Cambodian-American interactions at the local Wal-Mart.
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