Tuesday, January 6, 2009

authentic assumptions

a long time ago, when i was an undergraduate at a probably the most uber liberal university in the states....i was working on my honors thesis on post-colonialism and had way too many long winded conversations about authenticity, identity, and speaking from authority of indigenous experience. in those days, everyone in my class appeared to have the capability to debate various perspectives for hours and hours about the subject. i debated either side, depending on how annoying i wanted to be. fast forward quite a few years later, and when a friend and loved one was visiting the area on business, he introduced me to my first taste of aloe. we had just paid a visit to nijiya market and bought quite a few goodies to share. now, what makes this all somewhat ironic is that this loved one is white and grew up on the midwest.

somewhere, there are gods laughing.

good thing i am older, a little wiser, and quite a bit less rigid in my perspectives on authenticity...which means i can laugh right there with them.

i had seen aloe drinks for years in various asian markets...and even saw huge amounts of aloe dessert products in hong kong. yet, i had never tasted aloe. i had a difficiult time thinking of aloe as something to consume rather than something to help ease burns. yes, i realize these are very american assumptions. yet, aloe drinks are sweet, refreshing, and quite nice. there is a heartier "mouth feel" to it...and i don't just mean the bits floating around either.
the bits feel similar to drinking orange juice with a bit of pulp. the color of aloe drinks can vary a bit...depending on the brand. the most recent drink i bought from taiwan is completely clear...

yet, the japanese brand that JS introduced me to was very light green. if you haven't had a chance to taste aloe drinks...i'd recommend doing so. they are a nice surprise and may challenge some assumptions....in a good way.

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