Distance is really a relative thing. I sit in my house and I feel I know more about all things American from 3000 miles away than I do about my neighbor next door.
American influence and culture is everywhere around me. Even with this I still prefer tea to coffee. I still prefer soccer to football. But I hope you will forgive me these things as I try to give you an alterative view of the way things seem to be. I say "seems to be" because truth is always a very selfish thing, my truth isn't yours and I only ask that you give time to consider an alterative idea.
Let me start with this, there is no black or white just endless shades of grey. Most people have fixed ideas, either black or white, and forget the grey in between.