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As a Brazilian living in Europe, one thing that really bothers me is how some (definitely not all) people here treat South America as some sort of mystic exotic place. The same applies for South and Southeast Asia.

Fetishizing foreign people and their culture only serves to normalize their struggles and impose Western European culture as “the norm”, and hence it’s a form of Cultural Imperialism. Please don’t do that.

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The most bizarre part of this is that, in particular for South America, most people have at least partial European ancestry. And it’s not stuff of millennia ago. The bulk of migrations to South America happened in the 18th and 19th centuries. We speak European languages. And yet for some people we’re some kind of extraterrestrials. It’s so fucking weird.

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@brunoph I'd disagree . It's quite on par considering not just colonial history and the framing of criollos in the euro imagination of the time, but also the disconnect these countries w their own history regarding colonialism. Could also be that you're a European descent in Brazil and are experiencing xenophobia in way u wouldn't as a white in latin America

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@brunoph Hmm, could you provide an example, and how might not fall into this trap? I have to admit I'm having a hard time finding a practical case for that thought 🤔

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@brunoph I hope your opinion isn't actually unpopular

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@brunoph as a Brazilian I can only say, Sopa de macaco é uma delícia, mas nada supera um pão de queijo com café

But jokes aside, I think this happens on every culture like how some Brazilians thinks how the world on Europe and US is, which is totally different from how it is on real life

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@kumicota As a Mineiro, pão de queijo is just 🥰🥰🥰

And yes! This did happen to me after I moved here, and it’s a big part of what opened my eyes to this sort of behavior.

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@brunoph I never went to other countries besides Paraguay and Argentina but this vision was more on fediverse that I had where I began to see a lot of people complaining about their countries and people and realized that here than paint a pretty picture of US and EU
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