I'm always torn by these discussions because my interest (and career later on) was born out of poverty tourism. If didn't have the experience of doing every that is considered wrong by this post, I would have never got into this profession. Certainly now I understand the problems and voyeuristic elements involved, and I try to avoid them at all costs. But part of me will always accept that they is some potential benefit to showing foreigners what it is like in many of these very poor places.
February 08, 2010 at 09:08 AM
When I see the flock of US Gov't officials and their "cling-ons", and the celebrities all showing up for photo ops in the disaster zone, all I can think is that they're just tourists.
Let the Emergency Services people work, and stay out of their way.
John Gleichweit |
February 02, 2010 at 05:06 PM
Ah the joys of being a laowei in China in the late 90's as well. Oh the stares, the finger pointing, and the outright condescending looks and actions from rural Chinese.
Poor laowei - how can he function? He doesn't know Chinese. And he's so hairy! We'll have to feed him soup, he can't possibly know how to use chop sticks or handle our spices.
Wait - he's married to a Beijinger!! Oh he must be rich. That's the only way she'd lower herself to marry one of those.
Well at least we can cut his hair, Chinese style, so he's not all that bad: http://bellybuttonwindow.com/2000/china/nothing_like_a_good.html
February 01, 2010 at 08:43 PM
Great link, thanks!
February 01, 2010 at 12:42 PM
Sharon Schneider has a great post on disaster tourism: http://thephilanthropicfamily.com/2009/08/05/millenium-villages-project-part-ii/
February 01, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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