ERIC Number: ED253495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
A Fondness for Ice Water: A Brief Introduction to the U.S.A. and Its People.
Grove, Cornelius Lee; And Others
Intended as an introduction to those about to visit the United States for the first time, this booklet provides general information about the United States and its people. The title, derived from Mark Twain's observation that "the only distinguishing characteristic of the American character I've been able to discover is a fondness for ice water," reflects the variety and diversity of the American people. The booklet, however, while not losing sight of the differences, focuses primarily on cultural similarities of Americans. Brief sections present information on major geographic regions of America, America as a "pluralistic" society, American government, the free enterprise economic system, religious liberty in America, education, family life, and social life of American youth. Sections describing behavioral characteristics of the American people discuss American individualism, equality, friendliness, assertiveness, and the importance of hard work. Non-verbal behavior characteristics of Americans are also described. The booklet concludes with an annotated list of eight publications produced between 1962 and 1983 on the culture of the United States. (LH)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Traits, Life Style, Orientation Materials, Regional Characteristics, Social Characteristics, Sociocultural Patterns
AFS International, 313 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017 ($2.50; ten or more, $2.00 each--prepaid).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: United States