The Ugly American

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Self-determination vs. Aid imposition
Joseph Liotta
Colorado Technical University

Author Note
This paper was prepared for International Business: BADM350, DV33-01, taught by Dr. Hugo Villegas on June 2013.

In “The Ugly American” we see two different types of ugly Americans. One is physically unattractive, Homer Atkins, while the other’s actions make him ugly, Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite. Homer Atkins and his wife, Emma, have more impact on the Sarkhanese people, than anyone else in the U.S. Embassy.
Homer and his wife live among the Sarkhanese and work with them on a daily basis. They not only understand the language and culture, but they understand what the Sarkhanese people want and need. At one point, Homer tells Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite, that if he allows Homer to builds another hospital further away, the Sarkhanese would gladly build a road between the two places. He (Homer) believes in self-determination. If you give people a reason to do something that is in their best interest, they are more likely to do it; as opposed to a pro quid, pro quo situation.
Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite believes that since the United States is giving so much financial aid to the people of Sarkhan, that the U.S. should be able to tell the Sarkhanese people to build a road where ever the U.S. wants them to. As an ambassador he lives behind guarded walls and throws extravagant parties. This is a far cry from the man he was, when he and Deong first became friends all those years ago. Deong has the support of his native Sarkhanese. Even though he had turned down a role in the current government, he is still considered a very important person in Sarkhan.
When MacWhite goes to meet and talk with his old friend Deong, which is when trouble really starts to brew. These two old friends get into an argument, that causes both sides get…...

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