Down to the Basics:
Cultural appropriation refers to the act of the culture of the majority adopting certain choice aspects of the culture of the minority without asking for permission. Cultural appropriation is considered harmful because of its disregard for the cultural context of the traditions that it is choosing to adapt.
The belief that cultural appropriation an American idea is inaccurate as there are other countries who have also been complicit in the act of cultural appropriation as seen with artist and actress’s. Through the use of music and film there is proof of people from outside cultures adopting behaviors and styles of other cultures. This is not an American issue. This is a world issue.
Instances of Transpacific Cultural Appropriation In Music:
Artist: CL Song: Hello Bitches
Instances: Rapping, Dreadlocks among dancers
The Artist CL originates from South Korea who spent most of her time in Japan and France uses rap which is from the African American culture to make a profit. As you can see in the video her dancers are also participating in cultural appropriation through having dreadlocks which are heavily associated with African American style.
Artist: Rich Brian Song: Dat $tick
The artist Rich Brian is from Jakarta, Indonesia who has participated in cultural appropriation through using Rap.
Instances of Cultural Appropriation In Film:
Issues With Awkwafina’s Character: Muqing M Zhang post on social media that the actress awkwafina is taking advantage of her blaccent/rap persona to make a profit.
Artist: Awkwafina Song: My Vag
Possible Issue: Another version of Artist Micky Avalon’s song My Dick.
Analytical Section: As seen in the examples above the issue of cultural appropriation is not simply an American issue. Cultural appropriation takes place all over the world where people are adopting styles and behaviors from different cultures without realizing how damaging their actions are. Through the use of different news sites and social media post I have a better understanding of what the issue is.
The issue is not that we mean harm to other cultures through adopting their styles and behaviors, but the fact that it is done to profit from it instead of trying to understand the culture. People are taking from these outside cultures without attempting to gain a sense of appreciation or experience which is only berating these cultures as selling points. Cultures are not selling points to make yourself seem more relatable or more marketable which is what many seem to do when they use styles or behaviors from other cultures.The people whose culture we appropriate from do not get any money or benefits from simply being of their culture.
There is a very fine line when it comes to cultural appropriation especially when it comes to the musicians and actresses. I think the goal of understanding and appreciating a culture should not be made profitable especially when those of that culture are not gaining profit off their own culture.
Historical Context Sources:
Choy, Donovan. “We Should Stop Misusing ‘Cultural Appropriation’ & Celebrate Our Cultures Without Fear.” Must Share News, 26 Jan. 2019, mustsharenews.com/cultural-appropriation/.
Samson, Carl. “Awkwafina’s Character in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sparks Black Cultural Appropriation Debate.” NextShark, 17 Aug. 2018, nextshark.com/awkwafina-appropriation-crazy-rich-asians/.
Tiara, Creatrix. “Asians In Asia View Cultural Appropriation Differently Than You Realize.” The Establishment, 12 July 2018, theestablishment.co/cultural-appropriation-isnt-just-a-western-thing-8e9f9f929237/.
Ho, Kim. “Six in Ten Singaporeans Think Crazy Rich Asians Constitutes ‘Cultural Appropriation’.” YouGov, 13 Sept. 2018, 3:00 Pm, sg.yougov.com/en-sg/news/2018/09/13/six-ten-singaporeans-think-crazy-rich-asians-const/.
Thanapal, Sangeetha. “’Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Not a Radical Win for Representation.” Wear Your Voice, 17 May 2018, wearyourvoicemag.com/culture/crazy-rich-asians-not-radical-win-representation.