Being an American

Is this your first time?

Janna White
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Perceptions of Americans in India range from the expected (we’re all rich) to the curious (our hair turns white because we don’t eat enough coconut) and surprising (did you know Obama carried a Hanuman image around with him on the campaign trail?). We’re also domestically inept. After weeks of pestering her, my friend finally agreed to let me into the kitchen. First I helped her peel some garlic. I‘d better enjoy it, she said, because I’d probably never get a chance to do it again. And when I washed our plates and bowls after we ate, she asked if it was the first time I’d ever done dishes. Because I don’t know how to cook Indian food, she assumed I had never spent any time in a kitchen at all. After all, don’t I eat out every day anyway?


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