The Origin of The Ugly American
The term “ugly American” derives from the 1958 political novel of the same title by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer. “The Ugly American”is fiction based on reality, alluding to Americans losing political presence in Southeast Asia because of their failure to understand local culture.
Very interesting. Most of us non-native English speakers will narrate various instances or various degrees of acquaintanceship with Americans or, better still, with people from the United States.
It couldn't have been any different with this writer who, all along his young life, has come in contact with Americans from virtually all corners of the great U.S. of A. And he has been there, too. So this is a first-hand account.
Drawing from these varied "experiences" he too has reached his conclusions about the natives of the big country to the north including, especially, that to some of them, he owes his ability to write and speak English, plus some of his prized possessions, this, that and the other and, believe it or not, his ability to stop and think before he leaps.
Surely enough, he did get the chance to see all the sides Americans are said to have, or rather, as the article above explains or implies, Americans might display when faced with cultural, geographical, demographic, ethnic, linguistic and quite frankly, anthropological challenges of humanity.
All to his credit, really. He now knows much better and has decided that the best course of action when meeting people is to watch their actions regardless of their ethnic or national origin. People will act constructively when they are in tune with their hearts.
If their hearts are pure and clean, surely what follows is only a reflection of their inherent virtues. Otherwise, what may emerge even when all the filters are on, is only pretense and arrogance and other reproachful acts as we have seen in the news of late.
Amazingly though, this observer of reality cannot but be proud of a close circle of friends, they are Americans by the way, he could not do without. Their friendship is priceless. He cheers for them and guarantees they are in his meditations. So awesome they are there.