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Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? #5427459 05/12/20 02:54 PM
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Watched it on HULU last night. It was very good. I am always disarmed about the cultural differences between America and the rest of the world. As an American I make many assumptions about foreign cultures and think they are more American than they actually are. I'm disqualifying Canada up front. Which other country around the world most mimics the USA? I vote Australia but have only the media /arts and some personal contact with her citizen's for this impression.


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Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: sloinker] #5427465 05/12/20 03:12 PM
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If you mean which country tries to act like America then the answer is the UK. They don't miss a chance to make fun of us as uneducated brutes but secretly mimic what they see coming out of the Hollywood machine.

English speaking countries in the Five Eyes have very similar cultures and values. And similar histories as well since they are based on English conquest and colonization.

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Parasite is a great movie - we very much enjoyed!

Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: wwillson] #5427468 05/12/20 03:18 PM
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I bet … remains to be seen if this thread will be.

Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: sloinker] #5427473 05/12/20 03:24 PM
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Having traveled most of western Europe and many parts of industrial Russia, it is incredibly interesting to realize what I take for granted in my day-to-day mindset.
Lots of people just think differently than I do and they do just fine. What makes it interesting is that they think and act differently in the mundane daily things they do.

It's sobering to experience others' perspectives and to observe that they get on quite well based on their own experiences.

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Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: sloinker] #5427484 05/12/20 03:43 PM
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I would bet Australia is close. I've been watching vlogs from a guy who lives there and besides them driving on the wrong side of the road, daily life there seems pretty identical to the US.

They even import Ford trucks and convert them to RHD. https://www.harrisonftrucks.com.au/vehicles-in-stock/

Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: sloinker] #5427495 05/12/20 04:02 PM
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The more cosmopolitain parts of Scandinavia are "pretty American".


Parasite: Besides the tepee did anybody notice the Weber grill?

Good story. The flood scene on their street and in their apartment was outstanding.

The party scene, before the family returned unexpectedly, was way too long. It dragged.

With the division and travel prohibitions, I bet there's available poetic meaning to Koreans signaling into the night with only the faintest hope of being seen.

The ending of this film needs to be compared to that of The Departed.

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OP, care to elaborate exactly how you think the Korean culture was depicted in the film?


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Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: Alfred_B] #5427503 05/12/20 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Alfred_B
If you mean which country tries to act like America then the answer is the UK. They don't miss a chance to make fun of us as uneducated brutes but secretly mimic what they see coming out of the Hollywood machine.
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Having dealt with many UK people on various history sites, I think that's a tad overstated...

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I don't think any country tries to be like the US. That probably ended in the 80s.


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Originally Posted by wemay
I don't think any country tries to be like the US. That probably ended in the 80s.

Agreed.

While each country has its problems, I don't think too many countries wish to replicate the US these days.


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Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: sloinker] #5427586 05/12/20 06:14 PM
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It was a comedy, with some Quinton Tarantino thrown in, what could be more American than that?

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Re: Parasite...the film. Which foreign country is most like the states? [Re: sloinker] #5427621 05/12/20 06:59 PM
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Someone asked my opinion on what I discerned as differences in American versus Korean culture as depicted in the film. I think the biggest difference is the deference to wealth and a class consciousness that goes with it. Also the hierarchy of the family and how it is valued. The rich sons value seems to be higher than his sisters or mothers in this case, the deference. Lot's of little things. Very enjoyable movie and something that I haven't seen before. Wasn't looking to make a political argument out of it. Just got me to thinking where in the world would I feel the least alien and most at home if uprooted.


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I really enjoyed the movie Parasite, very well acted and extremely well written.

Now to the OP's question:

I've done some international travel, and have spent lots of time in USA visiting close relatives since I was 7 years old. I can say that there is no country that is like USA.

USA is unique, and that is perhaps both good and bad.

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