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Day 5: Esther Kim

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2 responses to “Day 5: Esther Kim”

  1. Rebecca Littlejohn

    14th May, 11

    Esther, when I came to Anniston to interview for my position as pastor in the summer of 2001, one of the things that struck me was how often people mentioned that they wanted this store or that restaurant to come to town. The businesses they were desiring were all chains. It struck me as really sad, at the time, that their biggest desire for their community was to get an Olive Garden. The point I think you were alluding to, that it’s weird that there is nothing distinctive about the commerce, when there could be, given the cultural distinctiveness of the region, is very interesting. Living here, I have felt that the South has retained its regional distinction more than other places I have lived. But the other side of that is that there is a tremendous ambivalence to promote it, given the extent of ugliness it contains. I wonder if achieving perfect suburban status could be a way of erasing the parts of the distinction that cause shame. Anyway, we could go on and on. Thanks for raising the point! Hope the rest of the trip is awesome!

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    17th May, 11

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