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Old 01-01-2019, 07:59 AM
madmonk28 is online now
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Originally Posted by Siam Sam View Post
The wife being Thai but ethnic Chinese, her family knew all the good Chinese spots in Bangkok. They weren't shy about declaring a place terrible. But they never said it wasn't "authentic," just bad.
Being a white American myself, I think we obsess over cultural authenticity so much because we donít really have any culture of our own, so we vampire off other cultures to try to make ourselves less boring. When your cultural touchstones are the Gap and Jay Leno, you can be forgiven for wanting to jump on to someone elseís culture. The problem is that when we do that, we always feel that we then own it and get to dictate what is and isnít correct.