Join the Identity Game!
Hey, folks, let’s play a game. Let’s make a list of who is the Other for your national identity. Who is it very very important for you not to be like?
Ukraine obviously has Russia as its Other
For Russia the Other is the US (which is such a lazy choice)
For Canada, the Other is also the US but it’s also the only actual neighbor, so it’s not that lazy a choice
For Argentina, it’s the non-white Latin America (which means all of Latin America)
I have no idea who the Other is for India, for instance. Is it China? We obviously have no Chinese readers, so we can’t ask them who their Other is.