Their America is devoted to significant expressions (speeches, essays, political cartoons, fiction, news stories, etc.) about America by non-Americans. Our major objective is to create a global, synoptic site for Their America, an unpolemical, informative, and provocative resource not just for ‘American Studies’ scholars around the world, but for anyone interested in studying and debating the international reputation of the United States. We seek to explore a country no less strange and uncharted than America itself once was: their America, the nation and peoples of the United States as they exist in the hearts and minds of others.
(We’re looking, in particular, for suggestions about the most influential expressions about America by non-Americans — tell us what should be in our archives, and why, in the regional “Founders” sections of our forums.)
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Canadians like to think we know our American neighbours well, and it is not without a certain amount of smugness that we tend to size up what we see as Americans’ shortcomings. One of the most enduring comparisons has been in the area of health care, and yet this is an area in which Canadians and Americans barely understand each other. For every Canadian misperception that the U.S. is a purely privatized health care system, there is an American accusation about “socialized medicine” in Canada.
There is no doubt that health reform debates are based in some measure on perceptions held by Canadians about the U.S. health care system, and those held by Americans about Canada; and these perceptions, whether or not grounded in evidence, end up having significant impact on health policy makers in both countries. [...]
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