Witness this piece, the latest contribution to the endless, false-binary “globalisation is good/globalisation is the devil” rabbit warren of nonsense.
Analysis over pub talk
It’s funny. It’s so easy to write this kind of piece. It is exactly what I was saying about Brick Lane when I lived there 7 years ago – that it was heaving with people trying so hard to be totally unique that they all ended up exactly the same.
That’s pub chat, not analysis. Think beyond the obvious: People take their culture with them and pick up culture whenever they travel. This is as old as travel itself.
I bet it felt the same in New Orleans’ French Quarter when that was built, and in every one of the identical Irish pubs that seem to exist in every city and have since goodness knows when, and in London with all the Vietnamese restaurants that exist everywhere and turn even the most global cities into identikit-Saigon (damn those cultural colonising Vietnamese chefs!).
Hang on a minute, just having a few Vietnamese restaurants doesn’t make London feel like Vietnam. And having a few hipster cafes in Ho Chi Minh City doesn’t make Ho Chi Minh City feel like London (as the writer actually specifically says herself!).
That’s strange. It’s almost as if the cross-fertilisation of cultures might be more complex than “hipsters are destroying countries/travel/life.” Maybe it’s part of the bigger question of how people and places handle experiences of difference.
And, that’s right, I do remember hearing something recently about how it’s been a big thing that people are just (xenophobically?) exploiting blanket anti-multiculturalism statements. And that definitely helped us to understand, in recent things like elections, how our countries and cultures should relate to the world.
But, sure, go ahead with the myopic, historically ignorant, clickbait hipster-globalisation-blaming. That really helps get to the bottom of those challenges. Great insight.
Adam Papaphilippopoulos, Partner