It makes me sick.
How hard is it to realize that you're in a different country, and you should respect and play by their rules. Would you be disrespectful in someone else's house? Their house, their rules. Same goes for visiting a different country.
For example, when I go to Asia, I try immerse myself into the culture. I try to speak the language, I respect the way of life and the mannerisms of other people, and don't go around waving my American card.
However, I see a good number of Americans in other countries that behave terribly. I visited Taiwan and Japan and saw many Americans (especially whites) mocking the culture, climbing on top of statues that they shouldn't, saying "ching chong", and saying disgusting things/groping/creeping on the women. Think Julien Blanc, the pickup artist guy who's been banned from some countries.
What the fuck? Would you want people doing the same thing to you in the USA?
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That's one reason I don't mind when I'm abroad that people don't assume I'm American until they hear my accent. There's a good amount of anti-American sentiment abroad, even if you are respectful. People make assumptions.
I don't know why anyone behaves badly in other countries, though. It's probably down to ignorance, a lack of self-awareness, possibly racism, and arrogance/some superiority complex.
To be fair, there are a lot of Americans who are respectful of other countries' cultures and customs, and it's not only some Americans who are disrespectful. Julien Blanc is an extreme example I think, and if I remember right he grew up in Switzerland.1
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Nationalism and jealousy.2