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This map aims to highlight the surprising prevalence in range of Asian traces found in Laramie. Laramie's downtown is dotted with a handful of Asian restaurants as well as studios for yoga, martial arts and acupuncture. But setting it apart, Laramie sits on the high plains. The bucking bronco is ubiquitous. The town's old lower teems with lawlessness. Truth or myth, or both, it's the wild west. Yet, you can now eat Chinese takeout, and curry, and sushi, drive a Japanese car, drink Chai, take an Asian religions class at the University, get your eyebrows threaded, and so on. Thus this map aims to capture the presence of Asia, as well as the unique and ironic interplay between eastern and western influences. Asking us to rethink just how much of Asia has been integrated into Laramie and our daily lives. Wyoming, about the Wyoming flag. Like the American flag or the Wyoming flag, Chairman Mao Tu is an icon. He is a symbol of China's power, perhaps merciless and totalitarian. Mainstream America has a fascinating and dialectical relationship with the East. The simultaneous fear of its rising strength and domination and an intrigue, or at least a convenient co-modification of its culture. But what does it mean when 70% of goods in Wal-Mart are made in China? How should it feel to buy a t-shirt with the words, "American Patriot" found across it made in Bangladesh. Is that irony worrisome or just funny? When we raise the flag and pledge allegiance to it, what are we swearing loyalty to? In our largely material world, where we spend our money is where we, intentionally or not, proclaim our allegiance.

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Booklet for Wild Wild East

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Audio introduction to Wild Wild East

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Wild Wild East Flag by Tristan Ahtone


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