My daughter has just recently started high school here in Melbourne, she is just 11 (high school starts in year 7 in Australia.) Since day one, she has been bullied and laughed at because of her place of birth, even though she has never lived there. Whether out at recess or in the classroom, there is laughter and comments about dumb Americans on a regular basis. Why are teen kids such assholes?
I remember clear as day, trying to fit in at school and the ups and downs of the social life of a teenager. It NEVER changes! But how could this be? These days we are more aware of others. We regularly discuss being accepting, no matter how people identify, what their race, their family life, or their income is and yet teenagers have not changed. They are wolves trying to stay within the pack, looking for weakness and ousting whoever they can, to protect themselves from the shit show that is adolescence.
It makes me wonder what the topic of conversation is in their own home, to come to school and have such a strong opinion of 329 million people carrying a US passport? The entire country is dumb? This is so ignorant it makes me sick. As an ex-pat family who has traveled much and lived abroad for 11 years, I can tell you that it is very small minded to categorise an entire group of people in one way, with one small word. Nothing makes me feel worse about my choice to live here than something like this. I realise these are just kids being the dicks that teenagers are but if you are living in a city with more locals than ex-pats you are bound to find this sort of racism that exists among people who have not experienced the world.
I am ranting, I apologise. This is just another side to living abroad, to being a minority in a foreign country, and another issue facing ex-pat teenagers. It is not all sunshine and roses. From sunny Australia with love from a dumb American.