Let’s Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

Via The Salt.

Via The Salt.

Of course, tiki decor draws from Pacific cultures. Tiki, after all, is a Maori word for a type of stone or wooden carving found throughout the islands. But the tiki bar “is just taking all those cultures and putting them all in a blender and blending it all together to create this Isle of Tiki, which is this mythical place where tiki bars come from,” says Kalewa Correa, a curator at the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific Islander Center.

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