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American Supermarkets: Window on the U.S.

Ji-Yun Park from Korea

A supermarket in Burlington, Vermont
Photo: Sandy Peters
Three years ago, when I first visited the U.S., I was very surprised at the vast size of American supermarkets. I had never seen such a variety of products.


A supermarket in Brookings, South Dakota
Photo: Sandy Peters
It is really interesting to watch what they are buying and what they are choosing. I can learn about their tastes in foreign foods, too, and see which cultures they have accepted food from.



 

I am enthusiastic about seeing American supermarkets. Three years ago, when I first visited the U.S., I was very surprised at the vast size of American supermarkets. I had never seen such a variety of products. I didn't realize how much time passed when I watched everything with interest.

I like shopping, but that is not the reason that I enjoy going to supermarkets in the U.S. The reason is I think I can understand a little about American culture by watching Americans shop because I can see their likes and dislikes.

It is really interesting to watch what they are buying and what they are choosing. I can learn about their tastes in foreign foods, too, and see which cultures they have accepted food from.

I see that Americans have a lot of choices in their supermarkets so that they can always choose the best and feel satisfied. However, they are also always making something new and trying to improve its quality.

I guess this happens because there are so many kinds of people living in America and their tastes are very varied. I think this may be true in many aspects of American life. Anyway, I think the supermarket is one of the best places for me to begin to understand America.

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