Sunday, January 25, 2009

Celebrating South America's Cultural Diversity

Ok, let's face it, the Uruguayan's make Idaho look culturally diverse.

While there are definately some ignorant folks here when it comes to dealing with other races, it's OK...cuz there are hardly any around to offend! :)

To be fair, it's not like most Uruguayan's would try to intentionally offend someone. They've recently been making some great national strides in dealing with people of other creeds and colors. So, in celebration of the new US President, a Uruguayan "mate" company has created a new brand of the popular Uruguayan "tea-like" drink (pictured below).

When some folks who had travelled outside of Uruguay mentioned that the depiction of someone with mixed ethnicity on the mate bag might be a bit too harsh, the mate company decided to acquiesce. For those who thought the original depiction a bit too "harsh" they created this "suave" version :)

:) OK. I made the story up. But the products are real

In Mexico, I noticed it's OK to refer to someone by their skin color -- friends will often call a darker skinned mexican "negro" with no offense meant or taken. I'm guessing it's the same here, but to be honest, there really isn't enough color in this little country to really stir the pot enough to know.

Anyhow, congrats to Obamessiah. The Uruguayans that I've talked to are all quite excited at the prospects of a new US President. We'll see how long the honeymoon lasts.

Uruguay Guy

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