Keziah Daum is an 18 -year-old girl who recently received a lot of hate online for her dress. Many parties were not so pleased to see you both Keziah’s choice to wear a stunning Chinese qipao to her high school prom. Acts went really bad on April 22 nd when she affixed a picture of herself in the dress on Twitter. People started calling her dress a organize of’ cultural appropriation’ and’ casual racism’. Others defended Keziah, saying that her dress is about beings sharing their cultures and institutions, and browbeat and an 18 -year-old girl simply because of her dress is not a constitute of justice.
Cultural appropriation is defined as “the act of taking or expending happens from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.” It is always a contentious subject, with elements of influence, inequality and colonialism playing a part. When does respect of another culture’s legends become appropriation? The row is a thin one and is heavily dependent on position, which is why occasions like this always cause such heated debate.
While Keziah was apparently not aware of the historic background to the dress when she bought it at a vintage accumulate in Salt Lake City, there appears to be no impudence on her proportion. “I plainly obtained a beautiful, modest nightgown and chose to wear it, ” she told the South China Morning Post. “I am sorry if anyone was upset. That was never my goal. I am grateful I was able to wear such a beautiful dress.”
What may have been in bad taste was, however, the photo of Keziah and her friends in a stereotypical, hands-together-bowing pose. This gesture has been used to mock Chinese people and culture over its first year, and doing it, deliberately or not( they were apparently copying a pose from an H3H3 meme) may have contributed largely to perceptions of her cultural insensitivity and the negative reactions she has received.
Keziah appears to have the purposes of many Chinese social media consumers however. “Culture has no borderlines, ” one Weibo user wrote. “There is no problem, as long as there is no malice or deliberate maligning. Chinese ethnic precious are worth spreading all over the world.”
“It is not artistic theft, ” another person observed. “It is artistic acknowledgment and cultural respect.”
Despite receiving a massive reaction online, Keziah decided to stand up for herself by declaring that she did not disrespect Chinese culture in any influence or constitute. She also said that she would not delete the pole or paintings. “To everyone who replies I’m ignorant, I fully understand everyone’s concerns and judgments on my dress. I represent no harm.”
Scroll down to see how it all turned out, and observe what you think about the whole situation. Should Keziah been more sensitive and a better understanding of the history and cultural rights highlighted the importance of her dress? Or was she right be suggested that a beautiful dress is just that, something beautiful for all to enjoy? Join the discussion!