American Cultural Ethnocentrism

Many of us Americans walk through life with cultural blinders on. America has become a melting pot of diverse cultures. There are vast benefits  from diverse cultures all living in one nation. Besides the opportunity for developing cultural competence, which allows for great communication, we have the opportunities to share in cultures that differ from ours. Personally i am a “fooder” so enjoy ethnic foods. Eating ethnic food is something i cherish and truly enjoy. i am always willing to try a new food from other cultures. Sadly not all of us Americans are willing to enjoy foods that differ from “American” cuisine. I personally know a few people who will not eat any other ethnic, foods besides Chinese and Mexican, other that their own. I relate this to a form of American Ethnocentrism. Even those of us who enjoy cultural foods may place it beneath American cuisine, and refuse to pay for quality, authentic food.

Maybe we should take example from our Commander and Chief, President Donald J. Trump. As the President of the United States who travels and talks with so many world leaders he should surely be enjoying the cuisines of these countries he visits. Well folks I’m sorry to say that our President fails in that category. When he travels to various countries he won’t eat , or even try, some of the foods from that country. While Visiting other Countries our president demands the foods he is accustomed to eating here in America. He eats like a child demanding his food his way.  A childish President missing out on the vast amounts of cultural foods is a sad thing. I’m so sure he doesn’t even have a clue. Way to go Mr President.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines

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