“No hay gatos en America…”

Photo by: Flickr user MPD01605, Adapted by: Latinaish.com

Photo by: Flickr user MPD01605, Adapted by: Latinaish.com

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“No hay gatos en América, y las calles están pavimentadas con queso”, cantan los ratones en la película animada “An American Tail.”

Me encantó esa película cuando era niña, antes de que pudiera comprender realmente mucho sobre la inmigración y que la película refleja la vida real para algunas personas. Salió en 1986, así que yo tenía 7 años y me acuerdo de verla una y otra vez con mi hermanita sentadas con las piernas cruzadas en la alfombra mirando fijamente al televisor, (la película estaba en una cinta “beta”).

De todos modos, me estaba acordando de esta película el otro día cuando le pregunté a Carlos lo que tenía de conceptos equivocados acerca de los Estados Unidos antes que venía. Él me dijo que se imaginaba que las escuelas secundarias en los Estados Unidos estaban todas exactamente iguales como veía en “Saved by the Bell” y que todas las casas eran tan agradables como las que aparecen en los comerciales estadounidenses.

Si inmigraste a los Estados Unidos, ¿qué conceptos equivocados tuviste antes de venir?

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

“There are no cats in America, and the streets are paved with cheese,” sing the mice in the animated movie “An American Tail.”

I loved that movie when I was little, before I could really comprehend much about immigration and how the movie drew from real life. It came out in 1986 so I was about 7 years old and I remember watching it over and over again sitting cross legged on the carpet with my little sister staring up at the television, (we had it on a beta tape.)

Anyway, I was remembering this movie the other day when I asked Carlos what misconceptions he had about the United States before he came. He said that he imagined American high schools were all exactly like what he saw on “Saved by the Bell” and that everyone’s houses were as nice as the ones depicted on American commercials.

If you immigrated to the United States, what misconceptions did you have before coming here?

Posted on August 23, 2013, in Culture, en español, Entertainment, Language, Spanish Friday, TV/movie. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I thought all I was going to find here to eat were going to be hamburgers, hot dogs and pancakes.

    quit-your-culture.com

  2. Lic. María Raiti

    Querida Tracy, en mi caso yo imaginaba un país con un nacionalismo exacerbado que sostiene su superhabit explotando a los países subdesarrollados del mundo entero. Un juicio muy duro pero muy habitual acerca de los Estados Unidos, al menos en mi país y que no carece en un todo de fundamentos que lo avalan.
    Cuando fui, lo que descubrí es una cultura heterogénea, con un enorme respeto y una gran belleza tanto urbanística como natural. Descubrí que la cortesía es el modo de ser de la mayoría de las personas con las que interactué… y la única manifestación que vi fueron 5 civiles en una esquina de Boston bogando por el cese de hostilidades de parte de USA para con un país de Medio Oriente. En sus carteles, escritos a mano, clamaban por la paz.
    Cuando volví a casa me sentí feliz de estar nuevamente junto a mi marido y en mi cultura, pero la idea que tenía de Estados Unidos había cambiado por completo. Es fácil juzgar y rechazar lo que se siente ajeno y lo desconocido. No es ese acaso el principal motor de la discriminación y el racismo?

  3. For the sake of answering the question, I’m going to talk about North America in general and (gasp!) lump together Canada and the US.

    I also thought that North America High School were the coolest thing, with their graduation party (doesn’t exist in Europe yet we have a tough graduation exam!), their lockers, friendly teacher and oh so much drama. That plus kids driving themselves to school. I mean, how cool is that! Of course, I shouldn’t have watched Beverly Hills 90210 :lol:

    I also thought that Americans were quite ignorant and knew little about the world. And I admit it, I was wrong. Sure, there re ignorant people everywhere but Americans are more open-minded and curious about culture(s) than I had thought. Friendlier too.

    Finally, food is much more than burgers and fries… and a real burger has nothing do it with a lame McDonalds “burger”!

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