I was at an Asian store in San Jose shopping for what else, Asian food, and noticed this aisle sign.
Hey…am I not IN an Ethnic store technically? I thought it was odd that the store would have this particular aisle sign. I have been to my share of Asian stores and had never seen an aisle sign like this, so I could not wait to check out the shelves…maybe American food?
I laughed when I saw it was food from the Philippines. OK, maybe because the store was in an area with many Vietnamese stores…but still, Vietnam and the Philippines are neighbors geographically (Vietnam is the closest country to the Philippines across the South China Sea), so I am wondering why Filipino food ended up in the Ethnic aisle, since they do share the term “Asian” right?
NOTE – I received a text from a reader with the following technical points from their point of view:
- The Philippines is also near Guam, Palau and Micronesia, so some may argue about the Philippines’ “asian-ness”, being historically Malay-Polynesian.
- Just because a line is drawn including the Philippines as an East Asian country, would have to argue that it may not be 100% true.