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Tbddiazc062607 Cameron Diaz had to do a little apologizing after getting some on-the-job cultural sensitivity training over the weekend. While visiting the Incan city of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes on Friday, Cammy wore a olive green bag with the Mao Zedong-era communist slogan “Serve the People” in Chinese.

Problem is, in Peru it’s reminiscent of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency that crippled the government in the 1980s and ’90s and killed nearly 70,000 people.

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it,” Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to the AP on Sunday. “I’m sorry for any people’s pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country’s history.”

And nary a mention of why Diaz was in Peru to begin with: She’s working with 4REAL, a Canadian TV production that focuses on young community leaders around the world. This is a great lesson on knowing the local history of the places you visit.

[Photos: Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]

    

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