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Understanding U.S. American Culture, Values, and Beliefs

Trying to describe US Culture is very challenging. Like many countries that are large and diverse the United States has many cultural variations depending on region, depending on religion, depending on whether the person is from an urban or a rural environment, and depending on the ethnic and racial background of the person. And, like in all cultures you will find Americans who are more or less friendly, more or less outgoing, more or less intelligent, and so on. That being said there are certain characteristics and customs that can be described as “American,” and understanding these can be helpful to an international student.

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