wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,
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Free cultural association

I have a number of Asian blogs in my "Occasionals" subfolder of the blogosphere bookmarks, and this post by Muninn (via Far Outliers)reminded me of an amusing moment from the 2005 Anime Detour planning cycle.

During one of the meetings, one of the staff was going on about the need for cultural programming at the convention and made the mistake of saying "We need to make an effort to make more people aware of Asian culture."

At which point danae, who had been, like the rest of us, glazed like an old-fashioned doughnut up to that point, looked up, growled "Which Asian culture?" and brought down the house.

Yeah, that whole unified Asian culture thing got a bad name during the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Era, and I think it's going to take a while to smooth that over no matter how popular anime, manga, and Japanese video games are.
Tags: culture w/o politics, the bush of fandom
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