By Guest Contributor Jaymee Goh, cross-posted from Silver Goggles
I’m pleased to be part of the launch of the Cultural Imperialism Bingo Card, designed by Aliette de Bodard, Joyce Chng, Kate Elliott, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, @requireshate, Charles Tan, @automathic and @mizHalle. Launch orchestrated with the help of Zen Cho and Ekaterina Sedia in addition to above authors.
ETA: Reader Modern Wizard took the time to transcribe the card:
Title: The Western Cultural Imperialism Bingo Card Description: a 5×5 checkerboard of blue and yellow squares. Squares are transcribed in rows from top to bottom, left to right.
Row 1, Box 1: “You have an English name, therefore you’re not authentic!”
Row 1, Box 2: “You’re the majority race in your country — what are you complaiing about?”
Row 1, Box 3: “You guys would do so much better in a democracy, like the West!”
Row 1, Box 4: “I have found enlightenment through indigenous wisdom of [group I am visiting].”
Row 1, Box 5: “People here don’t know the meaning of money.”
Row 2, Box 1: “You speak English too well to be a non-native.”
Row 2, Box 2: “You’re on the Internet so you can’t be oppressed.”
Row 2, Box 3: “Your country would be in worse shape if the West weren’t helping you.”
Row 2, Box 4: “I’m an outsider, but I can analyse your culture better than you.”
Row 2, Box 5: “People here are so genuine, unlike back in Westernlandia.”
Row 3, Box 1: “Indian English is not real English.”
Row 3, Box 2: “Only US POCs are qualified to talk about racism, you’re derailing us.”
Row 3, Box 3: “Sure, we did a lot of harm with colonialism, but we know better now!”
Row 3, Box 4: “I am White and Western-born, but I looove your culture; therefore I know more than you.”
Row 3, Box 5: “People here are poor but they welcome us like their family.”
Row 4, Box 1: “Whatever you do or say is the wrong thing anyway.”
Row 4, Box 2: “Racism everywhere is the same as in the US, you’re just not seeing it!”
Row 4, Box 3: “But surely you don’t mean to say that all things West are evil!”
Row 4, Box 4: “We know how to fix your country better than you.”
Row 4, Box 5: “People here are poor but they are happy.”
Row 5, Box 1: “But those are ‘universal’ tropes!”
Row 5, Box 2: “Foreign movies and series are so popular in your country because they’re better.”
Row 5, Box 3: “There are starving children in Africa why do you care about cultural imperialism!”
Row 5, Box 4: “But all the things your ancestors believed were wrong-headed!”
Row 5, Box 5: “All that people here want is our money, they’re so pushy!”
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