American, British and Aqueous

Almost felt like skipping classes this morning, but after forcing myself to the first class I found strength to continue the day. I'm glad I made it to all of my classes. Getting some fresh air and sunshine was good for me, and I came back to my room this evening feeling thankful for life's little pleasures God so abundantly provides us.
I gave a short speech to a group of Americans who were going abroad for studies. It was just a short sharing of my own experience coming to a foreign land, and telling them what they should expect, or not expect. During the meeting, it occurred to me that most Americans (at least the ones in that auditorium) did not have a clue as to the stereotype other people had of them. It was news to them that we had jokes about the loud, humourless yanks. I do not condone stereotypes, for they are a symptom of a narrow mind. Even in America there are so many different regions, each with their little idiosyncrasies.
The difference between American humour and British humour is indeed great. Even now, I have found myself unable to laugh at the comedians that put up a comedy hour every Friday at one of the auditoriums. American humour tends to be highly contextual in nature, making fun of the current issues and events that are happening. It is also rather aggressive in nature, often attacking an individual, even to the point of slander. British humour is concentrated on wordplay and little sparring sessions between individuals. I find that easier to swallow. It is hard to laugh at someone else's expense, especially when that particular someone is not there to defend his or her own reputation. I find Singaporean jokes drifting towards American humour, and I am worried that we might learn the aggression and highly competitive nature found here. So much for meritocracy, the jewel of our nation's development.

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