On Making Fun of White People Who Love Chai Tea Lattes

Fantastic personal reflection regarding the appropriation of their culture and where the real problems lie.
She begins laying out the problem:

 When a white girl puts on a bindi, a part of me dies. I remember being 6 years old, being MORTIFIED as a little white girl laughed at the dot on my head. It took me 15 years to wear another bindi proudly.

But offers a different approach than just confrontation:

You’re targeting the wrong person. The girl in SF who lives on 30K per year and shops at Forever 21 because she enjoys looking great on a cheap budget is not a stupid girl. She is not a mean girl. (Well, she might be. But she probably isn’t). She is not responsible for creating the broken system. She is not responsible for the vast misinformation, the propaganda that allows her to make these choices without feeling morally reprehensible.

You can read the rest of this illuminating piece here.

What’s the Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation

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An informative primer on cultural appropriation as well as tips for positive cultural exchange:

We have a responsibility to listen to people of marginalized cultures, understand as much as possible the blatant and subtle ways in which their cultures have been appropriated and exploited, and educate ourselves enough to make informed choices when it comes to engaging with people of other cultures.

Read the full article here.

Cultural Appropriation is Rehashed Colonialism

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Melbourne-based fashion label Perks and Mini (PAM) has attracted criticism for its exhibits at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery Victoria (NGV).  The work, Black Gold, has wooden cut-outs of a women dressed in what seem to be African-inspired or Iindigenous garments replete with similarly-inspired eye makeup, headgear and jewellery. In the photo cut-outs the women are either gesticulating with their hands and arms or awkwardly balanced with one leg raised while their hands are folded in a namaste

The exhibit has raised questions about whether PAM’s designers have the right to use symbols from cultures with which they have no personal connection

http://design.artshub.com.au/news-article/opinions/design/cultural-appropriation-is-rehashed-colonialism-198295

 

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