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Post Reply Do you feel like wearing other cultures' garments is a violation of their intimate customs?
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Posted 3/27/15 , edited 3/27/15
This is why people hate Tumbler. Fashion is fashion you do not need to ask for "the natives" permision in order to wear a piece of cloth, cotton, silk etc etc clothes are made to be worn. You do not need to phone up an American if you want to wear a pair of jeans, a northern working-class Englishmen to wear a flat cap, a Japanese person to wear an anime shirt (the list is endless). Apply the concept to almost anything and it goesbeyond the pale of stupidity "Hold on Mick, we must phone the Turkish first to make sure they don't take offense to us eating a Kebab" "wait just a minute there Jamie, we must acquire the permission of Japan before we watch Gurren Lagan" "Now wait just a minute there Chang we need to get permission from a British person before we can listen to The Beatles" "Hold the phone there Hans, we could cause great offense if we play The Witcher without seeking the consent of Poland"
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I'm sure there are some Japanese that would think, "Hey, why is that foreigner wearing our clothes?"

And there are other Japanese who would think, "Hey, that foreigner looks hot wearing our clothes!"

Most though: "Oh look, a tourist."
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I haven't told many ppl this but in my closet I have a traditional Chinese dress that I got from China town in SF. It comes with a fan. I would like to wear this in public... but I can't for some odd reason because I am Mexican so ackward. So I just wear it in my house occasionally.
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I think it's all right if your intentions are to respect the culture that clothing came from.
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i think what matters is that you are comfortable with wearing it and be respectful. for example don't wear the traditional outfit and be slob, wearing it wrong and acting like they are some dirty sweat pants. they are special clothes and should be treated special. i wear some Indian clothes(which is not my culture) only for special occasions (usually a holiday from that culture). its encouraged at our workplace.
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serifsansserif wrote:

I'm white and american and I DEMAND recompense for countless years of being depicted in anime as blonde haired and blue eyed (even if that part is correct), and outlandishly optimistic (which I most certainly am not), oafish, and with a propensity to be one of the first characters to die!


Dude, you didn't like the depiction of US/America in Hetalia? He was awesome, dog!
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BlueOni wrote:


serifsansserif wrote:

I'm white and american and I DEMAND recompense for countless years of being depicted in anime as blonde haired and blue eyed (even if that part is correct), and outlandishly optimistic (which I most certainly am not), oafish, and with a propensity to be one of the first characters to die!


Dude, you didn't like the depiction of US/America in Hetalia? He was awesome, dog!


I did not see it, but I am sure he did not own NEARLY enough guns to depict my culture properly...
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serifsansserif wrote:

I did not see it, but I am sure he did not own NEARLY enough guns to depict my culture properly...


Mostly it's burger jokes and bravado. They generally steer away from the guns issue.
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serifsansserif wrote:

I did not see it, but I am sure he did not own NEARLY enough guns to depict my culture properly...


Mostly it's burger jokes and bravado. They generally steer away from the guns issue.


..............................

Dammit.. I was all prepared for you to say,

"he owns like 20 guns and is always blowing stuff up"

to which I could reply,

"there's never enough guns... "

In light of this news, I'm shocked and awed that the japanese think we eat nothing but burgers...

AND DON'T JUDGE ME CAUSE I'M EATING A BURGER RIGHT NOW!!!!! lol
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I sure see a lot of foreigners in kimonos in anime. Japanese people have also told me about how western girls look good in kimono soooo
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serifsansserif wrote:

..............................

Dammit.. I was all prepared for you to say,

"he owns like 20 guns and is always blowing stuff up"

to which I could reply,

"there's never enough guns... "

In light of this news, I'm shocked and awed that the japanese think we eat nothing but burgers...

AND DON'T JUDGE ME CAUSE I'M EATING A BURGER RIGHT NOW!!!!! lol


A lot of the characters have theme songs, and US/America's is called "Hamburger Street". It's basically about him scarfing down burgers and saving the world.
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if you know exactly what you're wearing, and why it is worn, etc., i feel it should be fine. But other than that, I feel it's a little disrespectful otherwise.

But hey, do whatever you want.
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Absolutely not. It happens quite frequently where I see people dressing up in garments from other cultures for lots of things. Just as long as they are worn responsibly and the wearer realizes and understand why they are wearing them, there's nothing wrong about it. Of course, when worn in poor taste then that's another matter entirely, but that's just an extreme situation to talk about some other time. So there's nothing wrong with wearing stuff from other cultures in a responsible way.
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Posted 3/27/15 , edited 3/27/15
People seem to mistake acculturation for cultural appropriation. An exchange is always going to take place when two cultures interact with each other. Getting upset that a foreigner is wearing a kimono makes about as much sense as the foreigner getting upset at you wearing tuxedo. Its not cultural appropriation for clothing trends to influence one or another between cultures. When in Rome, etc.

What is cultural appropriation is taking something that has a significant meaning ( ie something that is religious/sacred or otherwise significant in nature for example ) in one culture and using it for your own purposes because you think it looks cool. Especially if its a minority cultural and you're the resident dominant culture and/or it perpetuates your stereotype of that culture.

IE Cleveland Indians fans.

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Posted 3/28/15 , edited 3/28/15
The fact that you're reading this on tumblr basically answers your question for you.

If you're part of the group that thinks these kinds of things, then you're not going to be convinced otherwise.

If you're asking me, where whatever the hell you want and makes you happy and ignore what anybody has to say about it. If somebody is offended over your choice of attire then they are the ones that have the issues.

People like to whine about respect a lot but it doesn't mean anything to me. If I punch you in the face, that's disrespectful. If I do something that directly harms you, feel free to complain, but simply wearing some fabric stylized in a certain way? Calm down pls.
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