Minutemen Salsa

18 Oct

Momatoro’s story “Peach Boy” has been created into many different versions. One of the most prominent versions in history is the when the story is used as propaganda for WWII. The short anime film picks up on key elements of “Peach Boy”, such as Momatoro going to Demon Island, and portrays the enemies on the island as the U.S and the good guys fighting the demons as the Japanese. A country often uses propaganda during times of war or difficulty, disguising it in films and, other times, in food

Illegal immigration from Mexico has been a huge issue in United States politics—how to control the borders and prevent people from slipping over. Well one man believed that he figured out the problem and even came up with a solution to address it—Minutemen Salsa.  He thought importing salsa from Mexico led to the support of illegal immigration; thus, he created American made salsa called Minutemen Salsa. It is named after the Minutemen project that works on protecting the U.S borders from illegal immigrants. Every ingredient within the salsa is “home” grown rather than shipped from another country. Buying this salsa also benefits the cause because proceeds are donated to the Minutemen project.

After this food became popular, supporting and buying Minutemen Salsa made someone patriotic because they were supporting men and women who were protecting the United States border. People never explicitly dubbed customers of foreign salsa as traitors, but they weren’t being true to their country or being patriotic. Minutemen Salsa was portrayed as the “American Salsa” and exemplified true patriotism. Even though salsa has no connection with illegal immigration, the salsa served as propaganda in the sense that it made people aware of the illegal immigration.



3 Responses to “Minutemen Salsa”

  1. edibleeducation October 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    this is a good connection, definitely propaganda on the nose… I think Salon picked up on this a while back. You need cite sources before turning it in, since research was involved, unless there were personal communications involved (in which case it might be stronger to provide direct quotes).

    • anuja91 October 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

      The ideas are my own, but I came across the salsa through research. I saw this comment after I turned in the paper unfortunately.

  2. edibleeducation October 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    I’ll return it Thursday, and you can revise; let’s discuss in class.

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