カナダ留学 Ken Reports From Ontario Canada

Friday, January 27, 2006

The World According to USA : アメリカから見た世界

<- Can anyone spot Turkey on the map? I can. Please click if you couldn't.


---------------------------------日本語訳が続きます。--------------------------------

This is what I got from a good friend of mine in the States a few days ago . I thought it was funny and a bit pathetic, at the same time, illustrated some of the people I met in the states well in a very cynical way.

This reminded me of an incident, which I asked this girl in my psychology class back in the days I was in an American university. I asked her to draw a map of Japan, and then point out where "Beijing (China)" is on that map (yeah, it is a leading question technique to find out especially if she knew Japan and China are two different countries) . The tiny deformed Island it may be, she proudly pointed a corner on the map, and stressed with a pen, saying "IT'S HERE!"

She also spotted other corner and said it was Tokyo. Of course, she spelled Tokyo, "Tokio"...

It is one of those things you encounter when Japan is featured on TV shows, and 9 out of 10, somehow you hear this strange Chinese music right on the back of them. That is how little they know about us and other Asian countries.

If you take a good look at Asia, you may notice the red spot that is on the wrong place. It should not have been on Korea. I am not very sure if this was an intention as to show more ignorance, or they really didn't know where these red spots should have really been.

BUT, if I were to draw Zimbabwe, Africa, the same will happen. So I won't say much no more...

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pathetic:哀れ/at the same time:同時に/illustrated:(図や絵などで)表す/cynical :皮肉な/remind :思い出させる/incident:思いがけない出来事/psychology:心理学/leading question:誘導尋問/ point out:指す・示す/deformed:形の崩れた/proudly:胸をはって/stressed:強調した/9 out of 10: 10回に9回は/intention:意図したこと/ignorance:無知なこと/due to the fact :という事実によって/I won't say much no more... :これ以上はいうまい

-------------------------------------日本語------------------------------------
この写真、数日前に友人から届いた。ちょっと哀れに思いつつ、なによりアメリカで出会った数人の人々を皮肉たっぷりにうまく表現しているようで、なかなか面白いかと思った。

これを見ながらアメリカの大学に通っていたときに起きた思いもよらない出来事を思い出した。同じ心理学のクラスの女の子に、日本の地図を描いて、その中で"北京(中国なのに)"はどこにあるか(完全な誘導尋問)聞いたときのこと。形の崩れた散っちゃな日本を書いたかと思ったら、かなり自信あり気に"それはここ!"と描いた地図の一端を指していた...(やっぱり中国と日本は同じ国と思っているんだなぁ・・・)
しかも"Tokyo"を"Tokio"とスペルしてた。
日本の特集をしているテレビ番組なんかをみると10回に9回は聞き覚えのない中国の音楽が背景に流れているそれとまさに同じ。それくらいしか日本を知らないんだな...

アジア圏をよくみると、赤い点のある場所が間違えていることがわかる。それは韓国ではないでしょ。これが更なる馬鹿さ加減を証明するために意図的に描かれたのか、本当にあるべき場所がわからなかったからこうしているのか、正直わからない。

でも アフリカ大陸内のジンバブエを描いてくれと言われたら自分にもきっと同じことが起こるだろうから、もうこれ以上触れるのはやめておこう。
Keneverbitch 10:49 p.m.

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