Through the world, one learns the inferiority of one's culture and the supremacy of Western culture. Why else would clothing ads worldwide, rather then being tailored to the local population, always feature same type of people. The Western/American/WASP image is the global image of success and sex appeal, not only in America but in the world.
Sounds like an old Chinese saying, that whoever conquers China becomes Chinese. Â But, ignoring the flamebait, my point was not that I begrudge Ralph Lauren for building a fashion empire built on selling WASP culture, but that I despise that RL himself seems ashamed of his Jewish roots. Â IMO, your parents gave you a name, and you should be proud of it. Â Tom Ford sold Gucci without ever denying or trying to hide his Texas roots. Â David Chu heads up Nautica.
LA Guy: Well, one could say that unlike many today, he just hasn't fetishized his own identity; one could counter, of course, that he has fetishized another. It doesn't really bother me that he hasn't stayed true to some essential notion of "Jewishness", whatever that is or might be. On the other hand, perhaps he has, in some way, done so. Kidkim2: Good point, American re-invention. It predates Franklin's Autobiography, and perhaps may be found in the earliest writings of the English colonists.