Kenziah Daun’s Prom Dress – Cultural Appropriation? | Engelsk Essay

Dressing up for halloween as a Mexican stereotype, an American citizen styling her hair with cornrows, or a high school girl wearing a Chinese dress for prom? These are some examples of very discussable subjects with a lot of different opinions - when is it okay to borrow other culture’s elements?

What is cultural appropriation vs. appreciation? In the three articles “It’s just a dress: Teen’s Chinese prom attire stirs cultural appropriation debate”, “Nonsensical critics are accusing an 18-year-old girl of cultural appropriation and racism – and they’re missing something much bigger” and “This is why a white woman wearing a traditional Chinese dress is cultural appropriation” this is all being discussed, when Kenziah Daun chose to wear a traditional Chinese dress for prom.

In the texts, we get to hear some different views on the subject, all of which say something about whether it’s ethically correct for Keziah Daum to wear the Chinese dress. The main point of view in the text “It’s just a dress: Teen’s Chinese prom attire stirs cultural appropriation debate”, is about how discriminating it is, to wear another culture’s traditional clothes, because of all the history behind it:

“I’m proud of my culture, including the extreme barriers marginalized people within that culture have had to overcome those obstacles […]. For it to simply be subject to American consumerism and cater to a white audience, is parallel to colonial ideology.” (text 1, line 34)

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