文化警察24時 (24) 金曜日はフィッシュ・フライデー(アメリカ・ウィスコンシン)

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今回の「文化警察24時」は、アメリカ・ウィスコンシン州の食習慣を取り上げます。イギリスにはfish and chipsという有名な魚フライの料理がありますが、アメリカではfish fryと呼ばれ、特にウィスコンシン州では、金曜日の食べ物として昔から親しまれています。なぜ金曜日なのでしょうか…?

「文化警察24時」は、少し英語が苦手!という皆さんを対象にした、長さもレベルも聞きやすい番組です。しっかり聞いて、しっかり声に出して練習してみましょう。


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Culture Cops (24): In Wisconsin, USA

M: Mom, I have a question. How come Wisconsin and other Midwestern states have so many Friday fish fries, but nobody ever does them on any other day of the week? Wouldn't restaurants be more profitable if they didn't have to compete over fish every Friday?

Val: Good question, buddy. You see, a lot of people in Wisconsin are Christians, which means they sometimes do Lent. This means that for a certain amount of time in the spring, their religion forbids them from eating meat or meat products on Fridays. But fish is allowed, so a lot of restaurants hold cheap and tasty fish fries on the Friday nights of Lent.

M: So, does everyone who eats at that restaurant have to eat fish? What if you aren't Christian?

Val: Another good point: nobody can legally make you practice a religion in the US. Therefore, all of these restaurants still serve meat and other dishes for those who wish to have something else.

M: Good to know!

Val: Just don't be fishing around for anything in the refrigerator! Dinner is almost ready!

(Written by Matteen Aminpour)

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