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Old 03-22-2005, 05:04 PM   #1
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ask the turkish guy!

i just watched the last simpsons episode which starts in homer's garage and somehow ends up in a turkish freight ship. so i thought, hey, maybe its time i started a thread about my own country. i am sure verte will also help me answer some of the questions, and i appreciate that . we could discuss anything about turkey in the thread, so fire away.
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can you explain why there's such a large turkish population in germany?
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why is your food so good?

do you consider yourself Asian or European? something different?

do you think the rest of the Muslim world should follow your example?

just how accurate is "midnight express"?
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Why are the massages so brutal?
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Could I as a single white urban woman with sexy pants travel safely alone in Turkey?
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after WW2 the german government was accepting immigrant workers from turkey under some kind of deal, in order to help germans rebuild their country, and also create employment for those people. a lot of turkish went there in order to earn money to send back to their families at home, but then most of them stayed in germany and brought their families with them. today there are over 2 million turks in germany. there is also a substantial turkish minority in the region, netherlands, belgium, france, austria. if you'd like to know more on this issue, i would be happy to dig up some additional information on this, and there is a turkish guy from austria just down my hall, i could ask him as well.
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is there a visible gay culture in Turkey?

would i be thrown in jail for kissing a man and getting caught?
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thanks for that answer

i'm going to germany this summer and my german teacher has mentioned the high turkish population and all the great restaurants there.

what's the geography of turkey like?
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thanks for that answer

i'm going to germany this summer and my german teacher has mentioned the high turkish population and all the great restaurants there.

what's the geography of turkey like?

you must get a Doner Kabab in Berlin -- amazing.

and Berlin is an amazing, amazing city.
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and Berlin is an amazing, amazing city.
I second that emotion. I was there before the wall fell and didn't want to leave. I'd love to go back--I'd love to see how it's changed.
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i'm so psyched about berlin and europe in general



ok now back to all_i_want's question and answer session
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why is your food so good?

do you consider yourself Asian or European? something different?

do you think the rest of the Muslim world should follow your example?

just how accurate is "midnight express"?
oh the food has to a lot with the spice culture that we sort of inherited from the ottomans. i am abroad right now, and i am going crazy not being able to eat some of those stuff!

the other question is a hard one. because even right now, we are trying to answer that question, as a nation. my take on this is that we are sort of left in the middle. the country is, culturally at least, the inheritor of the ottoman empire, and they were all over the place you know. we have been in substantial interaction with europeans for centuries, and the west has affected us as much as the east has. but especially after the the republic was established, the direction has always been towards the west - secularism, democracy, free markets. in such a mixed culture, it is hard to reconcile some of these, but we are doing our best.

as for being an 'example' for the muslim world.. i believe, ideally, they should. we are trying very to protect the ideals that were set forth for us, 82 years ago, and i do strongly believe in those ideals. but as far practicality goes, i dont think what happened to our country, a revolution on a major scale does not seem to be coming in most of these countries. i dont expect them to become a carbon copy of our system, but i believe others in the muslim world must push forth the ideals we are trying to champion in the ME, take those core beliefs, and change the fate of their countries, their people and their children.

and for the midnight express.. i dont think so. i believe it is more or less rooted in the kind of perception the west, in this case mr stone, has of the orient, than any solid facts. it is a very deliberate attempt to defame a country, and i must say it has succeeded.. admirably. seriously, millions of tourists come here every year and they have been coming for a while, they are treated extremely well here, because as a country turkey has the reputation, if i may say, to be very hospitable towards their guests.

also, a couple words on our prisons.. i think the living conditions in some of our prisons are WAY too good compared to the US, which is kinda of against the whole idea of being in prison, and the other ones are leaning towards a isolationist concept. (right now some prisons are more like military barracks, it just doesnt work, prisoners are too comfortable)
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Why are the massages so brutal?
they wouldnt be as effective if they werent brutal

no really, i dunno. you should ask a massage specialist.
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Could I as a single white urban woman with sexy pants travel safely alone in Turkey?
believe me, youd be as safe as you are in... well, anywhere basicly. common sense is pretty much all you need


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is there a visible gay culture in Turkey?
would i be thrown in jail for kissing a man and getting caught?
well, there is a certain gay culture but is not as open as it is in europe. personally i am not very qualified on how it works either.. but no, you wouldnt be thrown in jail for kissing a man. so you dont need to fear that you might get caught or anything. of course, if you were famous, youd definitely make headlines, but i think that pretty much happens everywhere.

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what's the geography of turkey like?

its between the middle east and europe, a bit of our country is on the european soil and the rest of it is in the area thats called near east, anatolia. the western turkey, which is the more advanced part of the country is very similar any european country you could go to. the eastern part is full of mountain ranges and its rather under developed. for the map:

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/...k/geos/tu.html

wow.. these Q&A's are harder than i expected but ill try to answer as much as i can
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is "all i want is you" your favorite U2 song?

if not, what is?
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