Our world is giant and various and there are its own traditions in every corner of the world. Discovering these traditions is very interesting and fruitful, but there are many contradictions about it.
I satisfy myself, communicating with my friend, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. We imagine Americans as people who like to eat very much and who are not well-educated, and they are easy-going. That`s so because our cultures are different from each other. For instance, we took from the American culture network of fast food restaurants, although Americans at the same time try not to go the fast food restaurants.
There are many films in the Russian video hire for the average spectator, but it is so because many people will go to the cinema to watch them. I thought the same until I made friends with that American girl. She seemed to me well-educated and I can say that she had no such traits of character that we used to seek in Americans. She has another viewpoint of this life. She lives in a two-storey house and she can`t understand how people live in a two-roomed flat. She is also surprised that the Russian authors are liked in America but not liked in Russia. She is amazed that Russians can`t understand Dostoevsky`s books that are popular and famous among Americans. So we see that Americans mention such things from what people in Russia refused.
At the same time Russian and American young adults are familiar to each other because we read the same books and watch the same films. Probably that`s why it is not so difficult to communicate with her.
We “met” on the Internet and we discussed the samebook that we read. We found out that our points of view are not so different from each other. She doesn`t think that she is much different from her American friends. And I made conclusion that we shouldn`t believe stereotypes and Americans are also surprised when they get to know that there are not an eternal winter and there are no bears in the streets.