Monday, May 20, 2019

Hmm …

… The Intellectual Absurdity of Championing Diversity While Condemning 'Cultural Appropriation' | Intellectual Takeout.

'When the furor reached Asia, many seemed to be scratching their heads. Far from being critical of Ms. Daum, who is not Chinese, many people in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan proclaimed her choice of the traditional high-necked dress as a victory for Chinese culture. “I am very proud to have our culture recognized by people in other countries,” said someone commenting on a post of the Utah episode on WeChat.
“It’s ridiculous to criticize this as cultural appropriation,” said Zhou Yijun, a Hong Kong-based cultural commentator. “From the perspective of a Chinese person, if a foreign woman wears a qipao and thinks she looks pretty, then why shouldn’t she wear it?”
If anything, the uproar surrounding Ms. Daum’s dress prompted many Chinese to reflect on examples of cultural appropriation in their own country. “So does that mean when we celebrate Christmas and Halloween it’s also cultural appropriation?” asked one WeChat user.

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