Thursday, August 5, 2010

Building Monuments to Nothing

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This bleaching cream high rise stands in the center of Spinney's, the contemporary supermarket inside of City Stars Mall. City Stars is the ritziest mall in Cairo serving an upper-crust clientèle with stores/brands  from all around the world.

8 comments:

theladyd said...

What a powerful blog post!
Thank you!

theladyd said...

What a powerful blog post!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a black girl that recently just came from studying in Cairo. I find your blog insightful. It's so interesting how we had such uniquely different experiences in Egypt and yet some similarities. I was very realistic about the history and modern issues of Egypt and from my experience growing up overseas we face racism anywhere. I absolutely loved Egypt and I've planned to come back long term. That place really stole my heart and I await my return. Volunteering with refugees really gave me a rewarding experience in the country as well. I hope you have more great travels in your life.

Anonymous said...

I don't see the surprise in this. you can find bleaching cream stands anywhere in Africa, the Caribbean (they sell like crazy), SA and India and anywhere else you find darker skinned women, I don't see why Cairo has to be specifically pointed out. A lot of these racial blog posts could be applied to any of these places in my experiences/opinion :/

The Backpacker said...

I remember you said you are reaching the tail end of your time in Egypt, and so this blog won't be continued any longer (if I remember correctly).

Having read most of your posts, I really wonder if you enjoyed yourself out there? The things you talked about were definitely interesting and worth a debate, but from my perspective, it doesn't seem like you had much fun at all in Cairo and maybe you even regretted this trip a little?

Frenchie said...

The blog is about Cairo because that's where I was. the perspective will always be from that of a black female expat in Cairo. If you feel that Cairo is being singled out then you are more than welcomed to write a blog about global issues. Good luck!

Backpacker- I'll be wrapping up this blog during this month with a ferw more posts and I'll reflect on that very important question. I can't say I have a desire to ever return to Cairo but I know that the experience has been insightful in many ways. More on that soon :)

The Cairene Observer said...

I've always found those creams to be irritating, even as an Egyptian. It is a bit like having a tan obsession, just the other way round. Whenever I see an ad or billboard about the stuff, I give off a little sigh and try to stave off thinking why such things exist.

mina said...

I wonder if that cream actually works or if they're like anti-wrinkle creams in North America. I hear they're sold all over Asia/India/UAE

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