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Old 02-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #101
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So how friendly would they be if you wern't white and didn't speak the langauge.
I had 2 German girlfriends at the same time when I lived in Berlin for a year. I'm Chinese. I hope I answered your question.
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I had 2 German girlfriends at the same time when I lived in Berlin for a year. I'm Chinese. I hope I answered your question.
Being Canadian I know that German and Austrian culture is very racist. Not referencing the Holocaust, but it is very common for open hate towards Blacks.
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How well do you speak German? Then again German girls are somewhat close to north american girls attitude wise so that isn't what i'd be looking for.
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Being Canadian I know that German and Austrian culture is very racist. Not referencing the Holocaust, but it is very common for open hate towards Blacks.
How does being Canadian make you an expert on German culture? You list Linz as your location, but you also mention that you're starting work in April. Have you actually worked/lived in Austria or Germany?

I live here, and I can tell you it's not a racist culture. A bit protectionist, but racist? No.

I work with an Italian, a Tunisian, a Slovak, an Australian, a few French and everyone gets along great. I've traveled through all the big German cities as well as Austria and it is very multicultural. There is more "Racism" within the Germans themselves from Tyrol/Southern Bavarian areas of Germany/Austria Vs. the North (Berlin/Hamburg etc.) than there is between actual races from what I've experienced. People here where I live don't even call themselves German, they call themselves Bavarian. Go to Austrian Tyrol, and ask them if they are Austrian. %75 of them will say they are Tyrolian.

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How well do you speak German? Then again German girls are somewhat close to north american girls attitude wise so that isn't what i'd be looking for.
German girls are the farthest thing from North American girls. You have no idea what you're talking about.
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How does being Canadian make you an expert on German culture? You list Linz as your location, but you also mention that you're starting work in April. Have you actually worked/lived in Austria or Germany?

I live here, and I can tell you it's not a racist culture. A bit protectionist, but racist? No.

I work with an Italian, a Tunisian, a Slovak, an Australian, a few French and everyone gets along great. I've traveled through all the big German cities as well as Austria and it is very multicultural. There is more "Racism" within the Germans themselves from Tyrol/Southern Bavarian areas of Germany/Austria Vs. the North (Berlin/Hamburg etc.) than there is between actual races from what I've experienced. People here where I live don't even call themselves German, they call themselves Bavarian. Go to Austrian Tyrol, and ask them if they are Austrian. %75 of them will say they are Tyrolian.



German girls are the farthest thing from North American girls. You have no idea what you're talking about.

LOL, are you black? If not, how the hell would you know?

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I can take footage from any country, any race, and claim they are racist by posting up some footage. One example is an exception, not a rule. I'm German, and I can tell you there is far more racism going on in the Lower Mainland (hell, even on Revscene) than you'll see in Germany.

Sure, there are racist people in Germany. Just as there are racist Chinese in Canada. Just as there are racist African Americans in the USA. Just as there are racist white people France. It doesn't mean the country as a whole is racist.
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How well do you speak German? Then again German girls are somewhat close to north american girls attitude wise so that isn't what i'd be looking for.
My German at its best was at a conversational level. I wouldn't feel comfortable working with it though. Like Falcon said, German girls are VERY different from North American girls in many ways. First thing comes to mind is their open mindedness about meeting new people. They are polite and friendly and I rarely ever felt snobbed out.

An example of their open mindedness is that most Germans, or Europeans, often speak more than 2 languages. It shows they want to learn about other cultures. It was amazing watching my friends switch from one language to another by the mere reference of a German street or a French pastry.

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Being Canadian I know that German and Austrian culture is very racist. Not referencing the Holocaust, but it is very common for open hate towards Blacks.
Germans have come a long way since WW2. In school, children as young as 7 are taught that their ancestors are responsible for the deaths of 3.3 million Jewish people. Then, they continue to learn the history of WW2 for 7 more years. I don't know about you but I took socials studies 11 completion class during the summer and the WW2 topic was 2 days. The Germans, although think the redundancy of WW2 history is a little excessive, believe it's necessary to learn about what they did so it will never happen again. Hitler was believed to be the single biggest embarrassment in their history.

Many government buildings in Berlin are built with a lot of glass. It is a symbol to the public that they are transparent and have nothing to hide. In school Germans are also taught to question and criticize everything.
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Well if your black that makes you the perfect target for teenagers to rebel with.
Being Chinese, I can't say I didn't recieve zero racism when I lived in Europe. I mean I heard some kids walk by and yell out "ching chang ling long" at me while I was having lunch on the patio of a Chinese restaurant with my German girlfriend at the time.

There will always be punks like that. In fact, every May Neo Nazis march through Eastern Berlin. Then there is the opposite extreme, the Anarchists who protest and try to block them. Every year it turns into a fight and the police step in and it becomes a free for all. It's quite the sight! Think Stanley Cup riot but it's even on both sides and the police are ready with their riot gear.

Just because of a few bad apples you can't generalize Germans as a whole for being racist. I was treated with some of the best hospitality and generosity one can imagine. During Christmas my international school friends, from all over Europe, returned home because it was convenient to do so. I stayed in Berlin. A German friend, who I met on the internet a few months before I left from Vancouver, invited me to spend it with her and her family.

There are racist people everywhere, especially in small towns, but I would say they are in a minority in Germany.

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How does being Canadian make you an expert on German culture? You list Linz as your location, but you also mention that you're starting work in April. Have you actually worked/lived in Austria or Germany?

I live here, and I can tell you it's not a racist culture. A bit protectionist, but racist? No.

I work with an Italian, a Tunisian, a Slovak, an Australian, a few French and everyone gets along great. I've traveled through all the big German cities as well as Austria and it is very multicultural. There is more "Racism" within the Germans themselves from Tyrol/Southern Bavarian areas of Germany/Austria Vs. the North (Berlin/Hamburg etc.) than there is between actual races from what I've experienced. People here where I live don't even call themselves German, they call themselves Bavarian. Go to Austrian Tyrol, and ask them if they are Austrian. %75 of them will say they are Tyrolian.



German girls are the farthest thing from North American girls. You have no idea what you're talking about.
Yeah I had 2 friends from South Tyrol. They speak Italian and German. Nicest guys I know who each had me over for dinner. The best pasta I had in my life was with them! One made spaghetti carbonara and the other tagliatelle e funghi. It was mind blowing how good they were. I tell one of them how I make pasta at home, with carrots, chicken, brocolli, bell peppers, tomatoes etc. like how Chinese people make it and he spazzed out at me! lol Apprently, pasta sauces are suppose to be simple.

I don't think those ethnic cliques Tyrolian and Bavarian are necessarily racist. They are just overly proud of where they're from. Just like how most Vancouverites think they're better than Torontoians?

I also had Spanish friends who say they're not Spanish but Catalunian and Catalunya is a region in Spain.

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I had this Mexican friend that I used to study with in Steyr, Austria, and remember on two occasions when they wouldn't let him through the front door of a night club. Reason being is that some locations in Austria only allow whites.

This may not be the same for Germany however, as I've only been there a few times.

Falcon what do you do in Germany?
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Kind of ironic I'm reading "the deliberate dumbing down of america" talking about the failure of the american education system. The transparency is key, they stress that the kids of the ceos never set foot in a classroom with computers "skinner box" and that they are taught to think outside the box and critical thinking is key.
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Kind of ironic I'm reading "the deliberate dumbing down of america" talking about the failure of the american education system. The transparency is key, they stress that the kids of the ceos never set foot in a classroom with computers "skinner box" and that they are taught to think outside the box and critical thinking is key.

I believe you have misunderstood what I said.

I was in no way "dumbing down" the American education system. In fact, I think it's superior to most European schools, other than Cambridge and Oxford of course but that's another topic.

I was simply recounting what I learned from the German people and trying to show that learning about WW2 is something entirely special for them compared to any other country. You know how some of us display our flags proudly outside our homes? Well, since the war, if any Germans did that they would be labelled as Nazis. They were not proud of their nation. How could one be when learning that your ancestors were responsible for genocide and the whole world condemned your country?

It wasn't until 2006 when Germany hosted the World Cup when people started being patriotic. Turkish people celebrating with Germans, young with old and everybody having a jolly good time. Football is one of those few occasions that really bring people together.
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I had this Mexican friend that I used to study with in Steyr, Austria, and remember on two occasions when they wouldn't let him through the front door of a night club. Reason being is that some locations in Austria only allow whites.
Ever tried getting into some of the nightclubs in Sweden?

Even if you are white,you may not get in,they only let good looking people inside.
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Ever tried getting into some of the nightclubs in Sweden?

Even if you are white,you may not get in,they only let good looking people inside.
Clubs and bars are privately owned businesses that cater to certain groups of people, in no way are they a representation of the general populous of a country. The situations brought up in this discussion do not necessarily mean the staff or owners of that business are racist either. They are in business to make money and satisfy a customer base. People are way too sensitive to this shit and are always quick to throw the race card because it's an easy cop out. Sorry to say it, but especially if they're NOT white. Don't like it? Go somewhere else to get a beer or own your own club and let in whoever you do or don't want.

What does all this have to do with the OP again?
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I think its a legit question. When I think, "where in the world is there the most racial harmony?", Europe doesn't jump to mind...
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Bring back the jobs and stop the bleeding by outsourcing to China. What happened to the jobs? A good number of them went to China.
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You do have a clue as part of UN agenda 21 the jobs are being regulated out of the country on purpose by the gov controlled agencies? If not u have alot of reading to do.
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Bring back the jobs and stop the bleeding by outsourcing to China. What happened to the jobs? A good number of them went to China.
The only jobs that are really outsourced to places like China and India are telemarketing positions in which North American's don't want anyway.

Instead of imposing trade quotas and tariffs it would be more beneficial for our government to invest in manufacturing in Canada to be competitive with other countries.

That said we can never match China in terms of low cost goods, but can we in quality.
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The only jobs that are really outsourced to places like China and India are telemarketing positions in which North American's don't want anyway.

Instead of imposing trade quotas and tariffs it would be more beneficial for our government to invest in manufacturing in Canada to be competitive with other countries.

That said we can never match China in terms of low cost goods, but can we in quality.
tons of engineering jobs, software, hardware, etc that evrryone sants and needs are being outsourced too
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