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Culture on Demand: Giving Thanks
To Starbucks and sex

November 24, 2000
Web posted at 10:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, 9:00 a.m. EDT

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The annual American tradition of Thanksgiving passed in Asia this week with a certain amount of skepticism -- most likely a direct result of the current mirth surrounding the U.S. election. Let's face it: no one wanted to really say that the whole election debacle was somehow ironic and a little funny, because the whole thing is getting more annoying and more tiresome with each passing day. It has passed the point of curiosity and novelty, and the general feeling around Asia is that we are "Waiting for Godot" -- except we know he'll turn up at one point, sooner or later, and we're not sure we'll like him.


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The story behind today's news from the editors of Asiaweek

But nonetheless, people did gather this week (American or not) to give thanks. Herewith, a joint collaboration from Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, Britain, Belgium, Japan, Sweden, China, India and the U.S. to certify the official Thanksgiving list for the global culture on demand; by popular vote, no hand ballots.

1. Starbucks
An 8 a.m., a half-caff, double-latte is the nectar of life.

2. Sex
Because without it, "we wouldn't be here." That may change as in-vitro accelerates, but for now, we'll take it.

3. Babies
See sex above

4. Old friends
They remember us from when we were cute.

5. American Cheese
Without Britney Spears, Elizabeth Taylor, Palm Beach County, the 1980s and Wal- Mart, the rest of the world would have nothing to make fun of at fancy dress parties.

6. Music
Because the world is just a documentary without a soundtrack.

7. Frequent Flyer Miles
Although a royal pain to execute, they make upgrades to business class a feasible option.

There were of course other things that came up: good food and wine, the value of rabbits, Prozac, higher education...The important thing is that no matter where we are or who we are... just about everybody likes turkey.

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