File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 250

Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 19:09:02 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Re: cancellation of Thai puppets' & visas.

 I think this is a shame as well.  The United States has suffered a tremendous loss of international culture.  Most of my interests are in international films, music, performance art, theatre and books.  
I have seen an enormous drop off of available international culture available to those of us in the US.
It's a complicated issue & can't be blame on one person or one country: Homeland Security has denied many artists & performers visas and admittance in the US.  With everything going on & some (imho-poor) decision making by upper echelon folks (ie. The Man), many in the international community have gone on to a further step in retaliation by US-bashing and boycotting the US (greatly felt when I have travelled outside of the US).  Sometimes this is taken a step further by people  creating falseness & feeding their antisemitism on one side (as if this has to do w/ anything- just an excuse for hatred & xenophobia!)  & flag waving/Muslim bashing on the other.  Personally, I think this is a mess & extremely saddened by various people's roles in perpetuating this split in our society.
In the meantime, I haven't seen much international culture or puppetry in the past few years.  I've been just working, renting movies & reading lots of fantasy & speculative fiction in recent times.  Maybe one day...
back to our regularily scheduled programming.
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