Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm Not Sure About This

On Saturday, I drove into the city (Chicago) to see my friend Tonia. On the way home, I noticed this ad affixed to the elevated railway.

It grabs your attention, to be sure. 

It also bothers me. I understand they are playing on a stereotype and trying to upend it. But what if you don't like Asian food? I know a number of people whom I consider smart who do not care for Asian cuisine. One of the smartest people I know loves Italian food. 

I realize I'm probably analyzing this more than it needs to be. It's just that it makes me uncomfortable with the implication that you're not smart if you don't eat Asian cuisine because we all know Asian kids are smart. Will we ever get away from lumping people into stereotypes?

Beverage:  English Breakfast tea


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