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In preparing the performance "Alladeen" call center operators in Bangalore, India were interviewed about their training in English. They develop characters with detailed histories, often derived from characters on American television. They also practice speaking with an American accent.

Discuss how American culture is exported and viewed by the rest of the world. Are Americans seen as sophisticated and intelligent? As morons or buffoons? As violent counterterrorist torturers? As benevolent, caring and philanthropic? As drunken and scantily clad pop singers in rehab or as thoughtful, creative artists with vision and purpose?

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