Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Growing up in blissfully ideologically vacuous late soviet and postsoviet years, I have come to associate phrases such as "а у вас негров линчуют", or "свободу Анджеле Дэвис", or "в Африке дети голодают, а ты не ешь" (brilliantly captured in this stand-up routine) with satire at emotional involvement in faraway matters while affairs at home were far from rosy (a recent variation, "что там у хохлов", has reinforced those early impressions). Which is why I regularly get surprised by the earnest emotional involvement of many Westerners in the state of affairs in the Middle East (Israel/Palestine, Saudi Arabia), Far East (China, Myanmar), etc.

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