First day of ArmageddonExpo yesterday. I really only go for the panels – my interest is in the things that are not captured on screen or on the page. (This is not to say I’m not above the fangirl *squeeeee*. I just try to be controlled about it. ..)
A couple of not fully formed thoughts about culture.
1. (Prompted by Jason Momoa talking about culture – Island, Maori, Pasifika – and my chickening out from asking him how he takes his culture with him where he goes. Also – he mihinui ki a ia for being able to coherently and calmly explain why he wouldn’t be doing the haka on stage.)
We all grow up in a culture. It may not be the one you’re ostensibly from, in fact, it’s probably so prevelant that you don’t even notice that there’s a failure to call it anything. It just is. It’s ‘normal’. If something differs from that ‘normal’ then it’s ‘culture’. Because it’s ‘different’ and therefore it needs a name to distinguish it. Are, then, the visible portions of a ‘culture’ the bits that will make the difference? That will wriggle themselves into ‘normal’ and eventually become so much a part of it that they’re not even commented on anymore? For e.g. NZ National Anthem which is now a verse in Maori and a verse in English. (Wikipedia tells me this happened in 1999. I have not looked up newspapers of the time – I might do that for another post.)
2. If you wouldn’t ask a female actor then don’t ask a male one. Ten points, however, to the woman who asked Momoa about his physical regime. Excellent question.