america and china the europe analogy

When you talk to Americans about Europeans there are a few things that come to mind. One of course is the scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta is talking to Samuel L. Jackson about his trip to Amsterdam and France.
Vincent “…But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is? Jules: What? Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same s*** over there that we got here, but it’s just - it’s just there it’s a little different. Jules: Example? Vincent: All right. Well, you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup, I’m talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald’s. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? Jules: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system, they wouldn’t know what the f*** a Quarter Pounder is. Jules: What do they call it? Vincent: They call it a “Royal with Cheese.” Jules: “Royale with Cheese”. Vincent: That’s right. Jules: What do they call a Big Mac? Vincent: A Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it “le Big Mac”
Europe is cultural and artistic, there are lots of historical buildings, and it’s fashionable. People there like beer and parties, there are lots of gays, you can have sex with anyone, and it’s just plain weird.
The Chinese think the same about America. Minus the culture, art, and history. So basically just the beer, sex, and weirdness.
America is known as an “open” place. It’s funny to think now that I always though of myself as “open”. I think if you ask most Americans to describe themselves, one of the positive adjective they’ll probably use is “open”. But being “open” in china is not as good as it sounds. Open is the opposite of traditional. Openness in china doesn’t refer to your acceptance of other people’s ways of thinking or tolerance of things you’re not particularly fond of. It does not mean a willingness to put yourself in another’s shoes. It means you’re a slut.
Where do the Chinese get this idea? Mostly form TV and movies that make their way across the world. Hollywood movies and reality shows that make it to china show the very worst of America. What we watch for entertainment, they see as the truth about American life. Eating Olympics, Who wants to marry a millionaire, and American pie; these are things that stick in the minds of the Chinese people. “Wow, you’re American? You guys are really open!” I used to agree until I found out it meant that were just horny heathens with no self-respect.