Mysterious_Minnesota

Mysterious_Minnesota - Essay 2 Draft 3 Keiko Mysterious...

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1 Essay 2 Draft 3 2/23/01 Keiko Mysterious Minnesota “What? Minnesota!” “Minnesota! Why?” “ Cold!”. These were the reactions I got when I told American friends in Japan that I was going to move to Minnesota. I felt from their reactions that Minnesota must be something special for Americans. “Cold” I understood, but I wondered what it meant when they said "Minnesota!” with great surprise. I came here with these questions and after four months I have some ideas of the answers. But I wonder what American people living here think about Minnesota. Maybe there are different viewpoints between people from Minnesota and people who are not from Minnesota. To satisfy my curiosity I did field research, the topic of which is "What do Americans think about Minnesota?" I’d like to know Minnesota very well because I’ll live here for long time. This research also might help international students to understand Minnesota better. Research Methods I surveyed Americans that are currently living in Minnesota. Teachers, students and secretaries composed a major portion of the respondents. I sent the survey through e-mail and sometimes handed it to people in person. My questions were: 1) Before you came here, what did you think about Minnesota? (only people not from Minnesota) 2) Can you list three things 1 you like about Minnesota? 3) Can you list three things you dislike about Minnesota? 4) Do you want to continue to live in Minnesota? Why, or why not? I got back 36 surveys from 20 non-Minnesotans and 16 Minnesotans. Findings In answering the first question, "Before you came here, what did you think about Minnesota?" many of them gave several comments. Of the 20 non-Minnesotans 10 said they thought it was a cold place and seven commented about nature, such as lakes and trees. Two mentioned Garrison Keillor, who is a famous Minnesotan entertainer, and others are about liberal politics, arts, cities. One said " I'm not sure I had any opinion of Minnesota." and one had no comment. The second question was "Can you list three things you like about Minnesota?" and the third question was "Can you list three things you dislike about Minnesota?" I separated the comments according to whether they came from Minnesota or out of Minnesota. Though I asked each person to list three things(points) they liked and three things(points) they disliked about Minnesota, some of them could not think of three things(points) in each category.
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course STAT 3101 taught by Professor Erick during the Spring '11 term at Minnesota.

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