A banking advertisement you won’t see at US airports.

Spotted in Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris:

For my non-French speaking readers, the caption reads: Pakistan is the world’s second largest textile exporter. We see a world of opportunities. And you?

Needless to say, this advertisement is pretty much unthinkable in a US airport, and that underlines for me the unfortunately black-and-white understanding of Pakistan (Pakistan = scary Muslims) that seems to prevail in the US, stoked – in large part – by a mainstream media that seems determined to cover the country as a conflict zone, solely, rather than as something more nuanced and complex. Of course, parts of Pakistan are conflict zones – but presumably there’s very little overlap between those parts, and the parts that make it a major textile exporter. It’s be nice to see more coverage of the latter, in part as a primer on how to deal with the latter.

Of course, I could be wrong, and this ad is running in English all over US airports. If so, please let me know.

One thought on “A banking advertisement you won’t see at US airports.

  1. Your post reminded me of the time in the 1960’s when I was growing up in Baltimore. There were “race riots” that, when viewed on TV, appeared to show the city engulfed in conflict. It was actually confined to a only few square blocks. In fact, we went about our business pretty much as usual, even going downtown to the movies.

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