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.)
NEW TO THE ARCHIVES
In the immediate aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, foreign journalists were quick to pounce on every aspect of the tragedy. Some American news reports noted that Russian media were using footage from Ferguson to sensationalize U.S. human rights abuses and racism and underscore the hypocrisy of habitually finger-wagging Americans.
Other observers noted that Chinese media were less vocal about the United States’ moral failings than might be expected. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, remarked that China seemed not to be “milking Ferguson for all it’s worth.” The implication was that China wasn’t as eager to shine a light on a story that might draw attention to its own ethnic and ideological conflicts, from state suppression of the Uighur ethnic minority in Western China to the human rights disputes cropping up in the ongoing struggles over property ownership and intellectual freedom. […]
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