Are Minorities Allowed to Culturally Appropriate?

I saw a young Korean girl wearing a Native American costume at the Korean Night Market. It made to ponder if minorities have a pass card to cultural appropriation.

Koreatown Night Market

Mr. Squigglekins and I went to the Koreatown Night Market. We ate at the trendy Ramen Burger, the Pho Burger, Acai bowl, and other specialty delights.

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Korean Girl and Native American Costume

At one of the coffee breweries, I noticed a young Korean girl wearing a Native American costume behind the bar. The first thought that came to mind was cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is when one culture adopts elements from another cultural group without giving homage to them.

Can Minorities Culturally Appropriate Other Cultures?

Part of me wanted to inform her about the importance of respecting other people’s cultures, but I kept my mouth shut because I wondered if its “acceptable” for different minority cultures to appropriate each other. I know white people receive a ton of slack for wearing blackface, Native American headdresses, but I don’t hear the same slack of minorities doing the same thing.

Is it the Parents’ Fault?

Is it ignorance on the girl’s parents? I mean she looked to be eleven years old, so I don’t think she would understand the concept of cultural appropriation. But I also don’t believe her parents would understand cultural appropriation if they were born in another country. Asian cultures tend to have a conservative outlook rather than a progressive outlook.

Conclusion

I was slightly sad to see she was wearing a Native American costume, but it’s likely she didn’t know what she was wearing could be seen as disrespectful.

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