I travel some. I grew up in a Latin American culture.
I grew up watching American tourists. Some where better than others.
Just for the record, Roni, the term "white manīs burden" as Dawg used it in the above post really has nothing to do with American tourists except peripherally in that American tourists represent a small contingent among people of many nationalities touring about the world at any given time. Rather, I meant it as an observation, rightly or wrongly, about an historic tendency among the old western imperialists to justify their intrusions into other cultures by rationalizing those intrusions as "helpful" to the "natives". It happens my wife and I agree wholeheatedly with the goals of "responsible tourism" and would go nuts lying on a beach for more than a day or ever setting foot in an all-inclusive resort segregated from local cultures . Wherever we traveled throughout the world we have practiced and recommend the principles of responsible tourism without reservation as we have for decades.
I think what Ron and others are doing in Oaxaca is commendable and in no way was I criticizing them for their fair which is a very good idea.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Jan 2, 2010, 7:46 AM)
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(Veteran) on Jan 2, 2010, 7:46 AM