4 responses

  1. elizabeth
    May 22, 2009

    I agree that co-option of other cultures’ traditions is usually done with the best of intentions, in the vein of ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ As a WASP, but not High, I have often bemoaned my ‘lack of culture’ – when, in fact, our culture is what is judged as ‘normal.’

    However, I think the White Anglo-Saxon Euro-American history of colonialism makes it difficult to borrow from other cultures without echoes of neo-colonialism. It’s very tricky to borrow cultural symbols sensitively. I have occasionally cringed at seeing religious symbols casually decorating, for example, t-shirts or coffee mugs.

  2. The Cape House
    May 23, 2009

    I love cultural details in weddings and homes – a great way to keep in touch with the roots. Our family incorporates a lot of Scottish details and traditions into life – I know, not very diverse and still quite WASPY, but they add a nice dimension nonetheless.

    Thanks for your comment yesterday.

  3. accordionsandlace
    May 23, 2009

    I think the irony is that a lot of us immigrant kids spent much of our childhoods trying as hard as we could to be WASPs (actually my sister’s greatest continued form of rebellion against my family has been to be as WASPy as can be). We eventually figured out that we wanted to be ourselves, but only after a fair bit of “why don’t I fit in?” heartache. I failed. You guys definitely have your own culture, as evidenced by my inability to capture it (and by this whole blog!).

  4. The Preppy Princess
    May 25, 2009

    This is so true Miss LPC, and AccordionsandLace is spot-on with her observation. “Martha, I mean you” is priceless!

    tp

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