Scene: Stall at the July 4 fair in Ashland, Oregon where they are advocating active democratic engagement for citizens.
– Are you registered to vote?
– No. I come from Australia.
– Oh? Where is that?
(Pause while I gather my wits. Her off-sider looks horrified, but can only splutter).
– Well, it’s in the Southern Hemisphere between South America and Africa right next to New Zealand.
– Oh. That Australia. I thought you meant there was a place in the United States called Australia.
– Yes, that Australia.
(Flustered and embarrassed offsider offers me gifts of political papers, badges, brochures and heartfelt apologies.)
I think that can be called Americentric. Forgivable on July 4 perhaps.