This applies to Said’s belief that all cultures reinforce their own identity through the mirroring of a negative perception of the “other”. In the above we see stereotypes of American white men as criminals and as indistinguishable in appearance, much like all Orientals in Apocalypse Now are made indistinguishable and group into negative stereotypes.
De Bont, J. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, (Film). USA, 2003.
This exchange shows how the understanding of our own culture often excludes any insight or understanding of an “other” culture. So too, it demonstrates the knowledge of Dr. Li that to try to explain would only make things worse, since most Americans already have their preformed attitudes and opinions about cultures deemed an “other”.
Lara Croft: You need to take me to the Shay-Ling.