The Cultural Differences Between Sudan & The US

Submitted by: Gerry1of1 6 years ago in

Guys from Sudan observe stuff in U.S.--interesting perspective on two completely different cultures.
There are 89 comments:
Male 91
God Grew Tired of Us. The Full Video. Sorry for the double post forgot the link thingy http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11878743
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Male 91
God Grew Tired of Us, The Full Video http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11878743
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Female 999
I went to Ghana last year and it was amazing. I got to go to places where we were the only white people any of them had ever seen. Amazing.
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Male 1,222
I just watched the complete movie on youtube, search for Lots Boys of Sudan, its made of 6 parts, 15 mins each. WORTH IT
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Male 3,915
"Nobody`s born in a forest, you can`t live in a forest"

i laughed so hard! XD That was really funny.

Sad that their town confused africans with blacks....There is a HUGE difference between Black Americans and Africans...

one is grateful for being in our country
one despises the country yet demands reparations and handouts.....the majority do anyway...
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Male 229
I just wanted to slap all of those little kids for saying "What does that mean?" -- what idiots -____-
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Female 3,001
well America`s much more friendly than Britain, trust me
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Male 2,788
Man, once you watch this video, you have an irresistible urge to just talk to these guys the whole day.
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Male 89
@sober guy: i experienced the same wheni been to the usa. people talking to me and telling me that only THERE you have freedom and stuff. and behaving themselvs like military people who are ordered to say WE ARE USA. that was really funny. they never got out of usa and just see the whole other world as a walt disney movie.. ;)) get a life us people.
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Male 89
just watched the 2003 documentary. it`s really sad, and absolutely not like this short teaser. i saw the background of this, arabs came into africa and killed whole african tribes to get their land (for oil or whatever), they killed the parents of these "lost boys" and they were taken to the usa to make a living and get educated.
@bear: this has nothing to do with how african or other nations people live. if "warlords" or arabs come to their country and kill them, it`s a total different point as what i was referring to.
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Female 500
It`s weird. They say America`s not friendly, to them. And I suppose I can see where that comes from. But I feel this place is much friendlier than Holland, where I come from. Cultural differences can feel so strange sometimes. I... want to go to Sudan. See what it`s like.
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Male 19
This is from the documentary "God Grew Tired of Us" made in 2006. It`s on Netflix instant view if you have it.
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Male 1,646
I didn`t mean "bad" terrible though, "Sad" terrible.
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Male 1,646
Wow this video is terrible... They need to come to the south, see true friendly people.
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Female 583
Interesting video, think I`m going to check out the whole documentary. These guys seem so kind-hearted.
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Male 67
I struggled not to cry over this..
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Male 29
This was thought inspiring.
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Male 328
@Retardedbear

*Facepalm*
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Male 1,360
retarded. bear or not, your expertise on african culture bewilders me.
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Male 437
"i love this. now you see why the western people are slaves, not the african people."

Perhaps you don`t realize why they left Africa in the first place. They suffer oppression from brutal warlords wherever they go.
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Male 89
@sober guy: i experienced the same wheni been to the usa. people talking to me and telling me that only THERE you have freedom and stuff. and behaving themselvs like military people who are ordered to say WE ARE USA. that was really funny. they never got out of usa and just see the whole other world as a walt disney movie.. ;)) get a life us people.
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Male 89
btw there is a documentary film called "The Lost Boys Of Sudan", 2003. i guess these are scenes from it. you can buy it or find it on the usenet. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383475/
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Male 89
i love this. now you see why the western people are slaves, not the african people. you can learn a lot from other not western nations like thailand or africa. those people are REAL and still have feelings, know what friendship and happiness is. WE are living in the wrong culture my friends.
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Male 3,060
Wow. Culture shock.
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Male 734
I`m sure a TON of creative editing went into this.
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Female 533
THAT was a great video. I would love to sit down and talk with them for hours and answer as many questions as I could! That would be really neat.
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Male 562
Wow, ignorance is bliss, but that brought a tear to my eye. I want to converse with these kids and see what kind of people they see the world as.
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Male 1,222
I actually learned!!
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Female 535
That was really interesting to watch.
On the topic of cultural ignorance, in 2007 I was in the USA. Spent 6 months there. Had a great time. While on a long bus trip to visit Niagara Falls, I had a man, around his 30s I would guess, begin chatting to me and my friend, also Australian. When he discovered we were Australian, he asked us, incredulously, "Australia?! AUSTRALIA?! Do y`all got meat in Australia? Do y`all got vegetables in Australia?!"
This is a true story.
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Male 206
They make an interesting point. I`ve never really noticed as americans how impersonal we are towards strangers. We just tend to ignore each other.
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Male 12,138
Great, well-edited video. Nice post, Gerry.

I was Houston a month or so ago watching the Astros take on the Cubs at the Minute Maid stadium. The American dude sitting next to me overheard me talking to my buddy and asked me (in a very friendly way, I hasten to add) if I was from either Russia or Australia, as he couldn`t quite place my accent. I politely informed him that I`m Irish.

He then asked me if I knew an acquaintance of his called Brian O`Connell, since he was from Ireland too.

I could go on, but I`ll stop there. Cultural ignorance goes both ways. By the way, this is a 100% true story.
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Female 148
In middle school, one of the "Lost Boys" from Sudan came and spoke to my class about coming to America as a refugee. He said when he was nervous to walk outside because he thought there might be lions. Ice cream was a shock to him, too.
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Male 1,744
I can understand culture shock, but seeing a donut and asking "this is food?". C`mon, really?

...then i saw the rest and got to the kids asking what "Sudan" meant. *sigh*
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Male 3,060
@coyote king...i thought the same thing. guess you tube thoght rebecca BLACK would go good with recommended videos from AFRICA! racist you tube is racist.
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Male 2,436
I think they need to watch the McDonalds and Denny`s fight videos...
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Male 2,402
@PreoSmo
Because they Christians and are violently persecuted by the Muslims over there in Sudan. That`s where their freedom comes from (for the idiots who got miffed at the women asking about freedom). Based on realistic fear of being killed based on what you choose to believe. Otherwise they would be content to stay at their homes.
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Female 472
Can I get some context? They seemed to really like Sudan, so why the move?
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Male 40,764
@whyme73 It`s because the word "black" is in the title. Disgusting, yes?
@NitroJunkie Not a shame, how old are those kids? 8? 10? Cut them some slack, eh? Now when adults don`t know where (or what) Sudan is, that`s a shame.

My cousin is dating a woman from Burkina Faso (go look fot it!) she is s-s-s-SMOKIN hawt~!! And really nice too.
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Male 2,988
"Why the hell is friday a recommended video?"

why is it a recommended video for pretty much everything? i mean wtf?
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Male 25,416
ha, i loled when he ate the butter
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Male 347
the condescending woman in the pool is the best part. ive got the same kind of bullpoo when i was in US talking to people that believe that they are the only "free" country in the world
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Male 8
This is actually a great film about the Lost Boys of Sudan. It`s called "God Grew Tired of Us." Fascinating but very sad story.
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Male 758
Oh god, that`s disgusting...those kids had no idea that Sudan is a country. What a f-cking shame.
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Male 41
That question about how `Santa Claus is connected with the birth of Jesus Christ` is hilarious.
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Male 469
Why the hell is friday a recommended video?
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Male 2,402
Geez they ate the food off an airplane!!!! What an introduction.
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Male 2,033
I found this rather interesting. I lived a few months in Kuala Lumpur with my ex, and found it very difficult. Even though a lot of things were very similar there were many things that just outright baffled me. It doesn`t help that I can only speak English and a bit of french.

I can only begin to imagine how utterly alien America is to some of these kids. Can the average westerner really understand the way the Sudanese live? What degree of understanding comes from learning tools we tend to take for granted such as TV and the internet?

How many people will think of this ten minutes from now when they are are looking at the next set of pics of fancy`s harddrive?

...probably not me :P


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Female 2,026
same here martinikene,
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Female 4,039
Now, I`m not knocking these guys, I`ve already said how cute they are, but I`m sort of surprised their not a little bit guarded on account of the genocide they`ve been through and whatnot - also, I can understand why they would be scared crapless of or hate cops.
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Male 16
Well...

Would you criticise a fish for acting like a fish when there`s been introduced a crab to the pound?
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Male 306
This video shows just what I think about Americans in general. I feel sorry for the American people who are different.
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Male 14,331
[quote]"I wanna punch that lady who said "Do you have a lot of freedom here that you didn`t have?" in the mouth" [/quote]

Typical overly violent Americ... oh nope nevermind Europeans get a pass.
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Male 17,511
I can imagine this would be how we would have to educate ETs on how we live, and how they would in turn educate us.
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Male 1,587
Buiadh- maybe a typical United States way of thinking, but I don`t think it is bad to think freedom is a good thing. She`s an idiot for thinking it is unique to the US though. Made me mad too. I hate it when I see ignorant people who are in my demographic- my generation, Americans, Californians, guys, whatever.

This is a great social experiment.
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Male 483
I have to jump on board with the American-hating. I`ve always tried to be friendly to strangers, whether they drop something or need directions,or even need food. Sadly, most people are paranoid and selfcentered, leading to a lot of really insufferable people. And just like these men said, our police are worthless and hostile. Oh, and we`re the land of the free, I guess...
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Male 2,796
I have been to Sudan, so I can say for certain that our country and theirs are two total extreme opposites of the standard of living spectrum.

It`s all about perspective, really. I will say that this documentary showed the disgusting willfull ignorance of the average American. The older and more educated I become, the more I drating hate my average countrymen. Despise them actually, because they choose not to evolve.
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Male 4,745
Same here, Buiadh. Same here.
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Male 18
ROFL at the guy that is hardcore stairning in the grocery store. he`s like "whaaaaa???"
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Male 6,737
"I wanna punch that lady who said "Do you have a lot of freedom here that you didn`t have?" in the mouth"

Definately. Typical American.
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Male 1,091
@Neoptolemos

Same here!
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Male 138
@VAJENGA

"The fact that shes talking to them at all proves that"
Bullsiht! Are you really trying to say that a racist never talks to someone of a different race?

Read the statistics white and hispanic males are more likely to commit violent crime than African American or Indigenous males, however all non-caucasian males will receive significantly longer sentences AND serve more of those sentences than if your rapist/attacker/murderer was white. White privilege is a reality, don`t be so ignorant as to totally ignore it.
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Male 4,242
the "lost boys of Sudan" I can`t imagine what they want though
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Female 2,674
VAJENGA: I don`t feel bad for the lost boys because of white guilt. I feel empathy for them because they have lost their entire families and LIVES as they know it. They are strangers in a strange land, and nothing is familiar or comforting and nothing will ever be the same for them again. They can`t go home, EVER. If that`s not sad, then I don`t know what is.

And I don`t think the the woman was racist at all, just ignorant (which we can agree on). Probs not the store owner...

Also your Native American comment made me LO-f*cking L. I WISH I knew more Native Americans.
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Male 138
@inversegrav -

no they`re not all innocent but USDOJ stats show that African American, Hispanic or minority males are about 6 times more likely to go to prison. Furthermore, newborn Black males have a 1 in 4 chance to go to prison, 1 in 6 Hispanic, and 1 in 23 chance for Caucasian males. The rates of non-white males in prisons has increased steadily since the mid 1980`s, and shows no sign of stopping.

Source: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/, http://www.sentencingproject.org
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Male 625
I wanna punch that lady who said "Do you have a lot of freedom here that you didn`t have?" in the mouth
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Male 3,332
They seemed like really nice guys, and the subtitles were not needed most of the time. If the store owners got to know these guys, instead of calling the cops (which, ironically, they kind of talked about being one of the differences), they would have really been lucky people. I`d bet that if these guys were all in a store, and it did get robbed, they`d be the first to try and stop it from happening.
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Male 2,690
Nobody is friendly? They definitely must be up north somewhere..
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Male 532
All you apologists with your stinking white guilt make me nauseous. It`s easy to be so self righteous when you live in the midwest where the nearest non white is probably a Native American. The lady who asked about "freedom" is merely ignorant because she was raised with the narrow world view of most Americans. This doesn`t make her some kind of horrible racist. The fact that shes talking to them at all proves that. The kids who don`t know how to spell? Well they`re another product of a society that was dumbed down to accomodate stupidity as not to offend anyone rather than to educate them and raise them up a level. Oh it`s sooo horrible that the store owners called the cops, but if you pay attention to the news a new trend in robbery called "swarming" is taking place. I`m sorry that they can`t fathom why it`s not acceptable to just go to the home of someone you don`t know, but when a bunch of black guys show up at your door unannounced, Id err on the side of cautio
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Male 48
I used to work at a place with a lot of peopple from countries like Somalia and Sudan and they were all great people. Just like these guys.. Not quite as reserved and scared as westerners.
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Male 5,314
very interesting
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Male 10
This is from a documentary called "God Grew Tired Of Us" about the Lost Boys of Sudan. They are selected from their group of Lost Boys to go to the US and given time to acquire jobs there. During their journey they have even more interesting perspectives as some start a new life and others try and contribute to their old one. A really touching documentary. Recommended!
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Female 4,039
OOh - I just remembered that TV show, Meet the Natives.
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Male 233
LOL! the look on the face of the guy at 2:01.
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Male 770
"We have more people in prison than any other nation on earth."

they cant all be innocent victims can they? some of those people in prison just have to be plain old a$$hole$ right?

The more freedom people have. The more people will abuse their freedom.

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Male 7,833
okay, so it is a documentary, ill have to check it out.
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Male 7,833
is this from a documentary or television show? I would like to check this out.
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Male 142
It is a great documentary. One of the boy actually goes absconding and develops mental instability. I would recommend watching it. It gives a new perspective to living here in US.
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Male 1,647

If you want to see the whole thing, this is from the fantastic documentary: God Grew Tired of Us

..last I checked, it`s even on instant on Netflix.
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Female 4,039
All the negative stuff aside - OMFG they are so flippin` adorable! I could listen to them talk all day. I would have loved to see more of the supermarket trip. XD
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Male 138
While this is more extreme, I can say that this is the experience of most immigrants to the good old US of A. Do you have bacon in Ireland? has to be my favorite question yet, which earned a "What is this bacon you speak of." Sorry America, but you`re really ignorant about the rest of the world.
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Male 39,931

about the bitch who said "do you have more freedoms here"

Ah yes, America! Land of the Free. Cradle of Liberty.

We have more people in prison than any other nation on earth.

think about it...

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Male 10,338
Very interesting.
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Female 751
it is truly a same :( I am not proud to be an american in that sense, but... what he said about walking up to people, I can do that. I will just walk up and ask for directions. But then again I`m a small frames white girl. :/ pathetic really :(

I was happy to see that lady and those children talking to him though :)
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Male 76
I like how "Friday" is a related video
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Female 2,674
"How are we going to be acquainted with this life here?" Oh jeeze, that broke my heart. Those men are so sweet. I could not imagine the pain and heartache that they must be faced with everyday.

Also- I could have punched that bitch right in her saggy titties for asking such an ignorant question: Do you have more freedoms here??

UGH. Get over yourself and your USA-boner. They can`t even go to the 7-11 without getting the police called on them... also educate your fat, spoiled brats on what S U D A N spells.

Okay... deep breaths.
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Male 55
god grew tired of us. great movie
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Male 14,331
Lol wow that was pretty good could stop laughing when he ate the butter by itself. Now all I can think of is Coming to America when he said "YES YES F**K YOU TOOO!!"
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Female 843
Watching that made me feel so horrible. When the people called the cops because the boys made them nervous, that really pissed me off. But I guess that`s just the sad world we live in today.

I wonder how long they actually had a guide to go around with them, to let them know what`s right and wrong.
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Male 39,931
Link: The Cultural Differences Between Sudan & The US [Rate Link] - Guys from Sudan observe stuff in U.S.--interesting perspective on two completely different cultures.
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