‘How do you distinguish Americans?’ International students describe American people

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JAPAN — YouTube user sw yoon recorded a video asking people from many different countries how they decipher Americans from other people.

The social experiment was conducted on the campus of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.

People from Japan, Costa Rica, Australia, and Europe all gave their stereotypes of Americans.

A disclaimer was posted to YouTube that reads, “this video contains the stereotypes toward America and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the interviewees or interviewer.”

As an American, you may find some of the stereotypes offensive, some funny, and some completely untrue. But it’s interesting to see how Americans are perceived.

So here’s what people from other countries think about Americans.


The video was posted to YouTube on June 9, 2015 and has nearly 2 million views.

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