The most surprising things about America, according to a Silicon Valley engineer who moved from India 7 years ago
- LinkedIn software designer Aniruddh Chaturvedi moved to the US from India in 2011.
- In an email to Business Insider, Chaturvedi listed the most surprising things he discovered about American culture.
- They include a love of road trips, the low price of soda, and Americans' tendency to display the US flag everywhere.
Sometimes you don't realize what makes your country unique until you hear it from an outsider.
Aniruddh Chaturvedi, a senior software designer at LinkedIn, came to the US from India in 2011, and was immediately surprised by certain aspects of American culture. He now lives in California.
In a Quora post, Chaturvedi explained what he considered the most surprising things about the United States, drawn from his experience at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and from his time working at various Silicon Valley tech companies. He emailed additional thoughts to Business Insider.
Here are the highlights, from the high integrity of American students to the outrageously low price of soda:
In America, 'everyone is highly private about their accomplishments and failures.'
Shopping in America is nothing like it is in other countries.
American students love to collaborate and support each other.
But students also know where to draw the line.
'Unfortunately, it is expensive to be healthy in America.'
And overweight people have it harder in society, too.
There is a 'dearth of African-Americans in technical fields.'
Americans place an emphasis on nature and the outdoors.
In American restaurants, the serving sizes are huge.
And Americans tend to 'waste a lot of food.'
Americans are obsessed with buying coffee.
Single-parent households aren't unusual in the US.
Americans support the LGBT community in great numbers.
Supermarkets in America have a strange way of pricing their goods.
Somehow, in America, soda is 'cheaper than bottled water.'
And fast food is cheaper than healthy food.
Americans might not realize 'the sheer variety of products available' at stores.
And Americans get to take advantage of amazing return policies.
In the US, you get unlimited soda refills, and lots of soda options.
American flags 'are displayed everywhere.'
Holidays in the US are 'over-commercialized.'
Americans seem to live in an 'almost classless society.'
'Anybody can buy anything,' thanks to credit.
In America, 'it's very difficult to tell who's wealthy and who's not.'
The US is very spread out, and Americans don't mind driving long distances.
Many major US cities are 'riddled with homeless people.'
American infrastructure isn't up to par with other countries.
In much of the US, 'most people think of it as a very big deal to leave the country.'
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