This article’s thesis is the unexpected routine that astonished the author. The author argues that a version of packaged ethnic success was the ritual she experienced on her visit to Kaili. The author explains how on that specific day she experienced it. In the new hotel complex, young girls from the countryside were hired to serve as chambermaids, waitresses, and receptionists (Schein 69).
I agree with the author that a version of packaged ethnic success was the ritual carried out in Kaili. The cultural heritage of very few hotels around the world is still as welcomed as it is in Kaili. The staff had gone out of the usual hotel duties to entertain their visitors with the ethnic performance given by the young girls. This cultural presentation involved representatives of different subgroups and minorities. Each employee wore a distinct costume and headdress every time. The songs, dances, and the occasional poses in full costume for cameras are what make this entire ritual unexpected to any person visiting Kaili for the first time (Schein 69).
I do not see any problem with the author’s argument that Kaili has been promoted this way. The multinational hotel like Kaili is a rare that still values its cultural heritage and incorporates it into its daily activities. Almost all international hotels across the world accept the western culture in their duties for the sake of attracting most western tourists.
The internal orientalism concept could be applied in other places to promote and share the minority ethnic values with the world. Internal orientalism as a cultural discourse can become hegemonic in other places like western countries. Internal orientalism can also be implicated in creating national identities.
Schein, Louisa. “Gender and internal orientalism in China.” Modern China, 23Jan.1997, pp. 69-98.
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