Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Tales of A Fading Star

Half-hoisted flag in front of Albany Federal Building, September 11, 2008

When Nathan, my group facilitator in Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation said, "...first of all, don't trust anything that you watched in American movies. Most of them are not true!",

I was only assuming that the untrue stories were merely the to sounds-to-be-irrational stuff in teenage movies, you know, those kind of bullying, the battle for popularity, good looking football player dating with pretty cheerleaders, and such. But I was wrong. Those magical stories are not just in those teenage movies, but I can say, in almost all movies... and in the news.

Before I arrived in America, in my mind I regarded this country as the epitome of gigantic power, well-managed social welfare, democracy, high political awareness, warm personality, fun life. And this, is where I began my over-expectation towards this country.

I will organize my "Tales of A Fading Star" into different sections that will tell the stories of political rhapsody, greatest culture shock and how awful a service can be, based on my personal experiences, my observations, my readings and my conversations with my friends. The Tales of A Fading Star will not reflect the overall picture of the United States of America. It is just a compilation of a personal observation, towards what I expected before and what I found later in this country. It's simply a story about America from the eyes of an Indonesian woman living in the Capital District of Albany, New York.

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