For better or for worse, American culture — from politics to television and movies — has spread to some of the most far-flung corners of the world.
That implies that if you are an American traveling abroad, you're going to be confronted with many stereotypes about America pretty much anywhere you go. You hear them everywhere you travel, whether in Paris, Mumbai, Tierra del Fuego, or rural Malaysia.
Some of these stereotypes are way off-base. For instance, not every American drink and party around the clock. Here are some of the most common stereotypes about Americans.
1. All Americans are rich
One of the most popular misconceptions abroad is that all Americans are wealthy — and everyone has many cars and a big house.
That misconception comes in part from the US powerful global economic standing. But as plenty of Americans can testify, not all of that wealth makes its way into the hands of every citizen, and there are millions of the US citizens living in poverty.
Lately, income inequality has become a hot-button political subject and for good reason. The gap between rich and poor has expanded to match the level of the Gilded Age of the 1920s, right before the most horrific economic collapse in American history. The super-rich of the 0.01 percent control a greater share of wealth than at any time in documented history, while their taxes are among the lowest they have been in our lifetime, which all adds up to make American income inequality the most severe of any developed country.
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