Why do immigrants love America
The United States is undoubtedly a favorite topic of the Russian media as an image of the “world evil” and the cause of all the ills of the Kremlin regime. Moreover, if a few years ago, propagandists condemned only the foreign policy of the United States, they recently switched to internal politics in the best Soviet traditions, telling how awful to live in a country of “rotting capitalism,” writes Ksenia Kirillova in Kasparov.ru.
That is why we decided to ask Russian-speaking immigrants - people of different ages, from different post-Soviet countries who left at different times and living in different parts of America, if they could love their new homeland, what exactly attracted them in American life, what repels them and what special features nature, they noticed the indigenous people of the country.
Desire to create
The overwhelming majority (or rather, almost all of the respondents) say: they sincerely love America, even despite its individual shortcomings, and do not imagine another country more suitable for an immigrant.
“I like that, by definition, I have the same rights here as any other. I do not like it - a huge number of lobbyists and, as a result, financial flows in politics, ”said Mikhail Oganov from Washington state.
Alexander Lyubimov from Los Angeles is critical of American schooling, but notes a high level of higher education, "although no one in the world likes its price."
“I still don’t like party propaganda and party games in Congress. The country only suffers from them, especially science is reeling when there is no budget, ”he adds.
“In Americans, I like the combination of ease of communication and distance. Well, freedom-loving individualism. I do not like the growing intolerance of the left university elite for non-levian views. Well and the main thing - I am grateful to America for the opportunity to live well, freely and successfully, "- shares Leonid Aptekar from new york
“I really love America. For optimism, for the ability and desire to work a lot and well, for the willingness to learn and review their positions. For respect for the person and his right to self-expression. For faith in a good and active desire is a good build. In America, you feel this creative force at every step - you see how the city, businesses, your work, the school, where the children go, how you change yourself, change. I love America for the idea of creation, and this idea is really realized here! ”Lists Kira from Washington state.
At the same time, she admits that there are flaws in America, which, however, do not detract from its merits.
“I don’t like to simplify in America when my Turkish and Armenian friends say:“ Well, just hug and live together ”; or when they vote for Trump, because he has a simple answer to everything, ”adds Cyrus.
Mila Mine from Los Angeles is especially grateful to my new homeland - American doctors saved the life of her mother, her uncle and herself.
“Here I quickly and fairly easily mastered new professions and graduated from two colleges, and also received help,” Mila says.
Much coincides with other respondents and opinion Irina Garboni from new york
“I love the USA, because here people mostly respect the law, there is no bribery, people do their work conscientiously. Because here people of different nationalities live together and mostly get along with each other. People here are mostly tolerant, and no one cares how you live, what you dress, etc. You don’t like extremes in politics - both on the right and on the left. I believe that now there are very few sensible, moderate politicians who are not subject to the excesses of ideology, and therefore there are a lot of problems in the country that remain unresolved, ”she notes.
Another resident of New York, MargaretAmong the main American advantages, he also notes the possibility of the coexistence of different nationalities and mentalities.
“I love the States for a lot. Because the ambulance and the police arrive in 3 minutes, not 53 (or more), because people respect each other, are friendly and there is no rudeness at every step, for the fact that there is a law and he is followed, that you can be yourself and you will not be convicted, "- she said.
"There is something to love"
“I love the United States for its law-abiding, tolerant and responsive. For the opportunity to become anyone you want. For the respect of Americans for the Constitution. For the fact that even when making a mistake, the majority of people will not gloat, but will say words of support like: “A good attempt, the next time it will work out”. That instead of envy people have a desire to try to be better themselves. Americans are kind-hearted and ready to see the best in others, which is sometimes perceived as naive ... And they appreciate talented people ", - shares his experience Julia Heller from San Francisco.
True, Alexander Lyubimov Julia’s optimism about the relatively appeasable American character is not fully shared.
“Envy and the bases are everywhere where there is competition for places, salaries, bonuses, the location of the authorities. In medicine, at least, I think it is in business, ”he notes.
Adds critics and Alexey Kvitko from Oregon.
“I don’t like excessive and growing bureaucracy. For example, at my work, in my eyes, they changed the system for receiving new people, complicating the procedure. I still don’t like the growth of the same category that in Russia comes out under the slogan “we can repeat”, he believes.
And yet America is kind to people and fair - at least I am sure of it. Zinaida Markenzon from San Francisco.
“I love her for the fact that the poorest have insurance from the state, full medical care for the most expensive and complicated operation, for the fact that students from poor families can study at the most prestigious universities in the country if they want to study and make efforts . I love America for its touching attitude towards the elderly, especially the poor, who in nursing homes receive the same services as wealthy Americans; for the fact that they have a calm old age. For the fact that children from the poorest families can receive for Christmas those gifts they have always dreamed of. This list is endless. For all its practicality, America is a good country, a country of volunteers, a country of trust. ”
At the same time, Zinaida admits: life in this country is very unstable.
“For example, having received a salary increase yesterday, having come to work today, you can receive a notice of dismissal from the company. This is hard to accept, but this happens very often. This is a business. And yet this country has something to love, ”she concludes.
"Land of Freedom"
Despite all the shortcomings, all respondents are sure: freedom and opportunity are the main values for which you can endure a lot.
“Here a person can be whoever he wants. Can do the activity that she wants. To be more free. This is probably the most important feature of America. And it is also very important that human life and freedom of expression are valued here. We may have different views, we can vote for different candidates, but at the same time we are all ready to defend the freedoms that we have in the United States ", - emphasizes Larry Poltavtsev from florida.
“I love America for equal opportunities for all, for real assistance in adapting emigrants, respect for the personal space of others and at the same time responsiveness if you need help,” lists Irina Zhilenko from Washington state.
Echoed by her and Karine from Los Angeles: “Yes, America is not perfect, but it is the best of what it is, and especially for immigrants. This is the only country where you can live, use all social services and benefits, not a day working in this country and not learning the language, using the free services of an interpreter in medical institutions and at court hearings. ”
Freedom, unlimited possibilities and life without bribes notes Nadia Wezard from Washington DC Andrey Todika и Vitaly Rosenstein from New York, adding, however, that is critical of hypertrophied political correctness.
Rђ RІRѕS, Elena Bilak from San Francisco assures: political correctness is one of the main virtues of the States, to which the Americans did not come immediately.
“For me, this is an expression of accumulated wisdom, an understanding that respect for human rights and respect for a person is more important than his own wit and rudeness, which so much some merrymakers want to show, alas, from our diaspora too often. America is tolerant to everyone: people from different countries, people of different ages, different religions, different races and nationalities. Your rights are always respected. ” At the same time, Elena notes that Americans are sometimes not flexible and slightly superficial.
Naive or practical?
Even people who have lived for more than twenty years in the United States find it difficult to say what their American compatriots really are. The respondents are sure of one thing: stereotypes about the naivety or pragmatic nature of Americans simplify reality too much, and in practice everything looks very different.
“Americans are so different that the question of what they are makes almost no sense. I was lucky enough to drive America in 8 days from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It is simply impossible to compare the inhabitants of New York, Baltimore, the suburbs of Cincinnati, the outback of Kansas or Las Vegas. This is such a huge reservoir that you can write dozens of dissertations on this topic, ”says Edward Shoster from new york
“In my opinion, the most typical feature of the American mentality is the unique combination of the cult of individualism with the ability to organize in groups and communities. Americans are naive in matters that do not affect their personal interests, and are very pragmatic in matters relating to them, ”notes Mikhail Oganov.
Leonid Aptekar specifies: "real Yankees" are not naive, but trusting, although pragmatic. But at the same time, nothing in the world compares to American charity.
"They are thoughtful, they understand that there are many points of view on the same question, and they do not consider it useful to argue" hoarse, to a fight. They believe in the law, in good intentions, in the honesty of their partners. This is the “naivety” of a strong, confident and generous person. It is worth a lot. They know the value of themselves and money, and in this respect they are practical. But I have never seen such a large number of donations of money, time and energy for all sorts of good deeds, ”he said. Kira.
Rђ RІRѕS, Alexey Kvitko He notes that external openness and benevolence have a downside - the ability of some people, smiling in their faces, to do disgust behind their backs.
“America was once compared to a melting pot. But another comparison is becoming increasingly popular: a salad bowl. Each component in a salad bowl for something is needed, each one improves the whole dish. This ability to coexist, like components in a salad, seems to me to be a typically American trait, ”sums up Elena Bilak.
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