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wait whatvijayjohn wrote:Holi seems to be mostly an Indian thing here also, and perhaps even more specifically North Indian even though it seems to have also been gaining some currency in South India lately (like other North Indian imports - Bollywood, qawwalis, North Indian food, North Indian Chinese food, etc.).
linguoboy wrote:IME, people here who admire Japan are also aware of its flaws. That's less true of Scandinavia. Those countries are widely viewed as utopian by progressives in this country and they're the most common exemplars mentioned when they talk about what they'd like to see the USA become.
Prowler wrote:most people have no idea about Japanese politics.
Prowler wrote:And I'm surprised you say that. I've always had the sensation that Americans are alongside the English the people/nation with the biggest WW2 complex in the world. A lot of people from those two countries like to brag about winning the war, almost as if it was their own personal achievement. I do notice a lot of Americans, in particular, tend to forget about the contributions by the USSR, the UK and Canada. Honestly, I do feel like most of the world either forgets or is unaware that Canada was in WW2.
As Americans prove on a regular basis, you don't need to know much about something to brag about your contribution. "You'd all be speaking German if it wasn't for us!" is just a boast we've been taught to say whenever Europeans annoy us without any real understanding of what lies behind it.
I genuinely wonder how many USAmericans could state confidently that Russia and China were our allies in World War II. Our general ignorance of history means we typically project current conflicts much further back into the past than is warranted (e.g. "Jews and Muslims have always been fighting").
Prowler wrote:Honestly, I do feel like most of the world either forgets or is unaware that Canada was in WW2.
As for bragging about things without truly knowing what happened, I guess everyone is guilty of that to some degree. I've seen Portuguese people online writing things like "os Portugueses descobriram o mundo!". That doesn't even make ANY sense like wtf?
vijayjohn wrote:India has...something that we call "Chinese food" there, although I'm not entirely sure why we call it that. Some of it seems to be a poor imitation of Chinese food (kind of like Americanized Chinese food), some of it doesn't seem even remotely Chinese. I think it's probably called Chinese because it was historically made and sold by the Chinese Indian community (i.e. by Indians of Chinese descent, the majority of which probably still lives in Kolkata). Probably most Chinese Indian cuisine is from North India, but that's not necessarily true of everything. If I'm not much mistaken, gobhi Manchurian and Hakka noodles are not from South India (maybe they're from Kolkata), but chili chicken apparently comes from Baghdadi Jews living in Kochi (despite the link on Wikipedia, it doesn't strike me as being all that similar to laziji). Almost no Jews live in India anymore, so maybe the Chinese Indian community started selling it instead.
Ser wrote:Salvadoran Chinese food is also a thing that exists. I knew that Chinese food in North America was different before coming here, but you can imagine my dad's shock when one day he ordered some bittersweet pork, fried rice and won-ton and he saw no super-soft tiny bread was served with it.
Prowler wrote:I still maintain the same opinion as an adult that I did when I was a kid.
I'm not religious at all
I don't like partying
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