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I’m an American who travels out of the country often. Our politics, or music, our films are broadcast all over the world, stirring up a wide range of opinions. Our political happenings are front page news around the world, and I’ve had some of the best social and political conversations of my life while abroad. Talking with people from backgrounds completely different than my own has given me a new perspective on my own life and country. Here are the ways traveling internationally has helped me understand certain criticisms of the United States.