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goes to nursury school. Although they had trouble with the
no EngUsh. She works part-time in the evenings cleaning at a local
bank, because it was one of the few jobs where speaking English
Mvernemwork in Colombia," Carvajal explained "They just
take ore of the house and children. Even in the kitchen, women
work together, so it was also hard for Gloria to become
accustomed to working alone in the kitchen.
But she does work alone now, buys the groceries and cooks the
meals. After a few initial mistakes, Carvajal said, his wife prepares
American food with her own Spanish techniques and flavors.
When first buying groceries, she accident y bought a can of cat
food Tuna, Carvajal translated his wife's tale, and couldn t figure
out why'American food was so cheap.
"It was also hard for our family to do without all the fresh
foods in Colombia," he continued, "because everything in America
comes from cans." . . A .
"But I don't want to paint a completely negative picture of
America," Carvajal stressed, "because we've met alot of good
people here." Hi pointed to all the furniture in his home and said
his friends had helped him find all the furnishings.
Living is also more expensive in Colombia, Carvajal said, because
inflation has jumped to 32 per cent. Since unemployment has
climbed with inflation at 14-18 per cent, he said, theft is
"You can't leave your keys in your car," he said, "or leave your
house open even monentarily."
In Nebraska, Carvajal, his wife and children all feel safe from
any immediate threat of robbery.
Nonetheless, as Gloria said, "I still miss my friends.
The Carvajal family will not have to survive the cans and
cramped apartment for long, because they are supposed to return
to Colombia in August of this year.
Carvajal said in exchange for his education, he has promised to
return and help the people of Colombia with food production, use
of fertilizer and other agricultural economics.
"Besides returning to friends and family, Carvajal said, "they
need my skills 500 per cent more in Colombia than anyone would
ever need me in America.
All Swedes are blond, blue-eyed and sexy, all Frenchmen
gourmet chefs or fashion designers, and all British pompous and
Well, those are the stereotypes. Tell a foreign student that and
you'll get a loud "no, nein or nyet!" Last week UNL foreign
students were given a chance to answer back, to describe us, the
"Americano." Their pictures were strikingly similar, though not
Agreed: Americans are open and friendly. This was the first
"That;s what I like," said Tim Davis, British graduate speech
and drama student. "They'll go out of their way to welcome you
personally and put you at ease. . . They try very hard to come
across (in conversation)."
Ishtiaq Nasim noticed it in a different way. At home in
Pakistan, religious taboo prevents unmarried men and women from
becoming acquainted, he said, so he wasn't used to talking to
mixed company. Now, over two years later, he said this is no
longer a problem.
Disagreed: American students think too much about drinking
Two Hong Kcng women students, Peggy Kan (junior, pre-med)
and Mimi Wang (sophomore, journalism), say we do.
Judith Sadler, from Jamaica, agreed. "American guys have one
thing on their minds, and that's taking you to bed," she said.
As for drinking alcohol, Nasim said that's one religious taboo he
agrees with and sticks to.
Students also agreed American students, at least at UNL, are
much less aware of world affairs, then they are elsewhere.
Kan said she can't find enough to talk about with American
guys. "All Americans know about is America," she said.
Compared with Japanese, Nebraska students are basically
apatehtic, said Ko Nakagawa, junior in journalism.
Japan has to get along with every nation, because we have no
national resources. We have to know about world affairs, so we
read lots of newspapers," he said.
Canesh Middal, graduate student from India, said the criticism
about apathy isn't quite fair.
"Most foreign students here are very well-traveled, and many are
graduate students," he said. "They try to compare themselves to
freshmen just out of high schools in Nebraska. That isn't fair."
Nasim said he thinks American students study too seriously and
never question what's asked of them.
Pakistani students, by contrast, are active in politics, he said,
and "What they want done, they get, by hook or by crook." This
includes frequent demonstrations over unpopular college policies
there, he said.
Also agreed: Americans eat too much, especially "junk food."
"Your common white bread tastes like paper to me," said
Angelika Byorth, Germany.
Students say too that Americans have much freedom. This, they
say, applies to the status of women, but with one qualification:
"If you sort of keep in line," said Manuel Delgado of Peru.
Wednesday, february 5, 1975
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