Well, what is authentic culture, anyway? Is it related to place? Race (geographic "racial" groupings differ from one another only in about 6% of their genes. This means that there is greater variation within "racial" groups than between them)? Customs, or religion? Old, or new like Dubai? Language? Culture is a living breathing thing and some guy half-way around the world wants to put me facing Mexico.
Have you ever played Risk? If you have, then perhaps you might agree that the possibility of the U.S. breaking up is out there. It is hard to control all. One Russian predicts that my part of the country will become the Republic of Texas, part of Mexico, in 2010, based on a cultural/economic divide. If you look at this old ethnographic map of the indigenous North America, at left, (in Princeton's library), it makes sense but c'mon. The Deep South in this territory, too? Look at the Russian's map in his WSJ article. He thinks the financial, economic and other woes will spur a divide in our country. Russia gets Alaska, the West goes to China, etc.
Hot topic: “cultural knowledge,” “ethnographic intelligence,” and “human terrain mapping” has been deemed as essential to military exercises but the anthropologists are against this "Human Terrain System". This is a recent topic in USA Today and, when I sat in on a recent meeting at Santa Fe's School for American Research, this topic from 2008 was a hot one, too. Culture is related to power, to hegemony.
Unlike most Americans, I've roamed around (a majority of Americans have moved regionally at least once in their lives, now nearly four in 10 have not left their home towns). I know that culture begins in the home; the idea of home defines place. No wonder the War on Terror defined the enemies as everywhere and we had our country renamed The Homeland. Si, MexiTexas?