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Iowa - Conservative State?

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(Beautifully conservative
on Memorial Day)

When I was a student at Iowa State University working for my
master’s degree, I did not feel that I was at a conservative
state.

In the state of Iowa, my husband’s brother, his uncles,
and his cousins got degrees in medicine, business, drama,
and library science. My husband was in science,
and I myself was a journalism major.

So, I was surrounded by a relatively liberal university crowd.
But, after my husband’s parents passed away, we inherited
his father’s farm and house in rural area in Iowa.
We have been visiting Iowa at least once a year.
My view toward Iowa started to change gradually.
We, ourselves live in a southwest state.

I started to meet many different native Iowans in recent years
in this small town.

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(Young farmer's John Deere tractor)

One farmer who takes care of my husband’s farm is
a college graduate and he is a Trump supporter.
He has been worrying about Trump’s agricultural policy
which banned the export of soy beans to China. He thinks
that Trump’s export policy will be straightened up eventually.
According to him, Trump is a business man after all. Trump
is using this as one of his business negotiations.
I hope so. Anyway, this farmer was a nice person and
I didn’t have any problems with him.
Conservative? Yes, but he is a good human being.

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(Seed planters behind the tractor)

But, one person who I was shocked by was a young man
who I met at a neighborhood party.
When I was introduced to him,
I tried to shake his hand, but, he just stared at me.
His facial expression seemed angry. Maybe because,
many Chinese and Japanese people have been taking
over the business in which he is involved.
Maybe he has lost money in his business that
he might be blaming on Asians.

I met one Chinese woman scientist recently.
She got married to another scientist that
grew up in Iowa. After marriage,
she and her husband went back to Iowa
to see his parents in a rural area. Some neighbors
took pictures of the Chinese woman scientist
for curiosity. Because they had never seen a Chinese
person in their life.

In 2017 Presidential Election, Iowa went to Trump not Hillary.
At the time of the election, small town Iowa people
felt comfortable with Trump. They do not criticize
his gun policies because they are hunters
(they love deer hunting). They also do not criticize
his immigration policies because they agree with him
that many immigrants are stealing American people’s jobs
and that some immigrants are also selling drugs.
I understand some of their fears.

If I live in Japan now, maybe I don’t like that many technical
jobs are going to other Asian countries that are developing
rapidly. There is a little similarity here.

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(My walking trail)

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(リスと面会。この平和を乱されたくないのね)

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(アミシュも移住して来ました。
レストランで働くアミッシュの少女)

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(この土地の典型的な可愛らしい家)
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アイオワ州の大学の周辺は,リベラルでも,住民には保守的な考えの方もいるのですね。同じ人間なのに,アジア系ということだけで差別的な目で見られるのは,本当にショックなことでしょう。

鹿狩りが好きな人は,やはり銃を持ちたいのでしょうか。銃が人に向けられることもあるともう一歩踏み込んで考えたらと,銃刀法のある国の住人は,思いますが。。。

日本では,介護など人材が足りない分野では,外国からの労働者をうけいれるようになるみたいです。言葉の壁もあるけれど,背に腹は代えられないのかも。

難しいです

独立戦争の頃から、自分の身を銃で守って来ているという考えです。
本当に難しいです。生活に染み付いています。

確かに,難しいのでしょうね。

アメリカに留学したことのある方の記事を読みました。
銃襲撃の予告があった次の日に震度2の地震が起こったら,マスコミは震度2の地震のニュースで,持ちきりだったとか。日本なら震度2の地震では,それほどニュースにはなりませんが,アメリカは違うのですね。
やはり文化とか習慣の違いによる"慣れ"が,大きいのかと。
難しい。とおっしゃることが分かりました。

それでも、アメリカ

夫と息子がいるもんで〜。
ここで、骨を埋める他ないんです。
gun controlは、常々応援しています。
微力ですが。

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