I have one personal experience to share with this. A couple of years ago we had a representative from one of our clients come visit for a week from France. While the guy was here we took him to a number of good restaurants. We pretty much avoided chains and took him to a variety of places including Tex-Mex and Mexican, as one should do in Texas. When he would check in with the people he worked with they kept asking if he was eating at McDonald's every day. Apparently they believed that's all we eat. There were a couple of other things that happened with this guy. We found it slightly amusing when he reacted with horror to seeing my boss's old seventy-something vette sitting in his garage with a bunch of crap piled on top of it. He thought that was just sacrilege. Also, the first thing he did after arriving at his hotel in Dallas was to call a taxi and going to see South Fork. And I'm not making that up! I think another thing that's misunderstood about Americans is that many of us are interested in other cultures. Probably the biggest reason why other countries look down on us with regards to that is that many of us don't speak any other languages and they might think we don't don't bother learning out of arrogance or something. But I think that's partly a failing of our schools, that wait to teach foreign languages to late, and it also goes along with the fact that we can spend the majority of our lives without ever needing to speak another language so it's not as important to us.