An Asian Christian woman living in London blogging about the everyday issues of religion

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Two Living Asian Saints

A humorous article published in The Observer today titled, 'You wait ages for a living Asian saint to arrive, then two come along at once' refers to the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi who visited Britain last week.

I arrived in Britain three decades ago when being Asian was NOT cool. 'Effing Paki' were words uttered with as much regularity as a 'Hello'. Fast forward and now we have Asians being called 'Saints'. Have we arrived?

I am still somewhat sceptical though about the use of the term and the level of adulation showered on Aung San. There is a tendency to compare famous women with flowers i.e English rose. If Aung San had not fitted the Western concept of an 'Asian Orchid' would she be whipping up high levels of uber fanship despite having a razor sharp brain? 

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