Week 7 – “Crimes and Punishments” Mishra

November 11, 2007

I was interested to learn that you can’t ask questions in Australia. In all seriousness, the idea that asking a polite question like what do you do on the weekends seems normal enough until you look at it from a postcolonial perspective. Now an outsider asking an insider to describe general habits “suggests the greater intrusion of a sociological survey” (351). It’s starting to seem like no matter what you do, you’re somehow imposing your culture or putting your foot in your mouth according to whatever culture you’re in or offending the surrounding culture simply by being of a different one. Everything we read is a negative.

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