the 'yes we can' campaign
funnily, we in Asia seem to forget that the phrase is not at all new in the political campaigning circle. For as long as I can remember the slogan "Malaysia Buleh" had been promoted by Malaysian leaders.
Recently when I was in Indonesia I saw similar wordings being used in an election billboard in one of the towns. [need my Indo friends to remind me of the exact words - Anung?] (leave aside for now the question as to why his billboard was still allowed to stay up months after the election) Do we then conclude that it is part of the Obamania? or is it simply a continuation of what has been going on amidst political campaigns for years? ie. to promote a sense of belonging, a sense of pride in your country, and by extension the leader (or advertiser) who is riding on that easy to rev up national pride emotion?