Trinketization of Cultures

On one side, there is row after row of wooden stalls (“last chance to buy”) displaying vulgar statues, grotesque clay pigs, and gaudy blankets and, on the other side, vendors on foot hawking identical merchandise. Obviously, what Americans purchase determines what is made and sold. You wonder about the taste of the Americans who buy these eyesores, and if you are of Mexican descent, you feel ashamed for what has befallen the country of your parents.

– Edgar Cota-Torres, “Dispelling the Border Myth: Zonkey Writers and the Black Legend” in Border Transits: Literature and Culture across the Line. (page 60)

Updated 10:25 pm with links.

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