Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sometimes Americans are Culturally Illiterate

I don't mean to generalize, of course I don't mean everyone but consider this a warning against narrow views, generalisms and stereotypes.

I am Puerto Rican and I can't tell you how many times someone has told me they love Mexican food on discovering my ethnicity. I find this very peculiar since most people are aware of the huge differences in those countries in regards to national dishes and food customs, I mean at least I thought they were aware.

You see this kind of perplexing oversimplication with American Chinese or Mexican food that makes us (Americans) look ignorant to outsiders. What we know as Mexican or Chinese food here in the states is not authentic to what people in those countries eat.

Here's a great article I just found: Is It Real, Or Is It Tex-Mex?

And, please next time someone tells you they're Spanish curb the temptation to tell them you love Taco Bell -- it just makes you look like an idiot.

Thanks!

Pic via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maynard

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