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I lived in the UK for 12 years during the Cold War as a US airman on a nuclear airbase. I lived in the local community and had to learn to deal with questions and comments from opposing extremes, from CND supporters to grateful WWII veterans. At first I shied away from any political conversation and tried to mask my nationality by being quiet. I soon found that most encounters were based on an inquisitive nature and a harmless desire just to debate.
Walt , US
I moved to Dublin 5 years ago. At first I did the typical thing of trying to disassociate myself from the "other Americans". I'd wince if I overheard a group of tourists loudly trying to locate a landmark or street, thinking they were terribly obnoxious. However, I soon realised that I was guilty of the same anti-Americanism that I accused others of. Now I have embraced my nationality, in fact become, dare I say it, proud of my nationality.
Morrin Kilgallon, Ireland
I lived in England for 16 years, returning to the US on day of all days, 9/11. I was in a public position for my years in England and had to deal with anti-American prejudice every day. There were even some encounters with the elderly that were driven by how American GIs behaved in England in WWII. Even my friends could not get past my being American when they would explain my character. It can make for a very lonely life continually checking how you behave as the perpetual "guest".
Henry Jansma, US
I moved to the UK 20 years ago to marry my English wife. At first, little jokes at the expense of my being American were mostly good-humoured, but over the years nastiness has crept in. The "fashionable anti-Americanism" started long before George Bush became president - he has merely provided a convenient focal point. It has been open season on all things American for years. The reason? Anything from genuine disagreement with policies to pure envy. Stand-up comedians, film critics, editorial writers all cannot wait to mock and criticise. The general population shouts out its agreement, then goes to McDonald's, drinks Coca-Cola, watches American films and TV shows, dresses in Levis, brags about holidays to Florida, etc.
David Kujawa, born in USA, now resident in UK
I've been living in the Manchester area for over six years and have often been put in the uncomfortable position of being expected to answer for the US. The constant portrayal of Americans as fat, dumb and arrogant shocked me when I arrived, as did the constant negativity in the press - I'd believed the UK & US had positive relationship.
I came here in 1973, at the age of 19, in the middle of the Watergate hearings and immediately found myself personally responsible for all the corruption in the US government and the entire Vietnam war. Among other atrocities, I've since been responsible for cruise missiles, IRA funding and global warming. I'm genuinely sorry these things happened, but I never had anything to do with any of it, any more than my neighbour was responsible for the Whitechapel murders of 1888. Although I do feel sorry, I do not feel guilty.
Ken Glandon, US expat
I came to the UK 7 1/2 years ago and at first I was proud to tell people where I came from. Earlier this year I was granted UK citizenship; now when people ask where I am from, I tell then "I am American by birth, British by choice".
Lara , England (ex-Nebrakaian)
I have been here for five years and I've allowed comments about my country to make me feel ashamed. About a week after I arrived, a man said to me "I can tell you're American by the way you walk" and I replied "Really? I walk with my legs, how do you walk?" Another man told me how much he hates Americans "because they carry day bags with them everywhere", then asked me where the US Embassy was, as he wanted a visa to visit my country.
Susan, UK (ex US)
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