美国高中生为毕业舞会身穿中国旗袍引发文化挪用争论辩护：“我绝对会再穿” [美国媒体] Teen defends Chinese prom dress that sparked cultural appropriation debate: 'I would wear it again'
2018-05-12 翻译加工厂 26355 0 1 收藏
近日，犹他州的一女高生的毕业舞会礼裙引起了关于文化挪用这个争议性话题的激烈辩论。凯夏· 道姆（Keziah Daum）是一个就读于犹他州坞兹克罗斯高中的18岁高中毕业生，因为（在网络上）上传了几张她在毕业舞会上身穿中国传统服饰红色旗袍照片的缘故，受到了（网友）的猛烈抨击。
One Utah teenager's prom dress has sparked a heated debate on the controversial issue of cultural appropriation.
Keziah Daum an 18-year-old senior at Woods Cross High School Utah received backlash after she posted photos of her dressed in a red qipao a traditional Chinese dress on prom night.
凯夏· 道姆（Keziah Daum）是一个就读于犹他州坞兹克罗斯高中的18岁高中毕业生，因为（在网络上）上传了几张她在毕业舞会上身穿中国传统服饰红色旗袍照片的缘故，受到了（网友）的猛烈抨击。
After she posted them online many on Twitter were quick to criticize her choice of wardrobe accusing her of appropriating the Chinese culture given she is not of Chinese descent.
One of the first criticisms came from a Chinese American student who shared Daum’s post on Twitter with the caption “My culture is NOT your g------(goddamn) prom dress” pointing out the origins of qipao and its significance within a marginalized minority.
“For it to simply be subject to American consumerism and cater to a white audience is parallel to colonial ideology” the student wrote.
The post has since been retweeted over 41000 times.
Daum told ABC News she bought the dress at a vintage store downtown.
“As soon as I saw the dress I knew it was the one” she said.
At the time she said she was only focused on the modesty and subtle elegance of the dress. She said she was not aware of the cultural context that’s deeply emxded with the garment’s history one that can be traced back to the 17th century.
“Shortly after I got the dress I decided to do some research” Daum said.
After a quick search she found that the qipao or cheongsam (in Cantonese) came with a rich background and learned how it eventually became a symbol for female empowerment which Daum said made her “love it even more.”
On prom night Daum said she received compliments from everyone including her friends advisers fellow students she has never met and even waiters at the restaurant they ate at that night.
Then at work a few days later the backlash started pouring in she said.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all" Daum said. "My intention was never to cause any commotion or misunderstanding."
Some people online are calling her actions thoughtless and even reprehensible while others are jumping to her defense. But for many the real offense Daum committed was when she posed in a group photo crouching down with their hands folded in front of them.
However when asked about the group photo Daum told ABC News the gesture was referring to “Papa Bless” a pose inspired by Ethan Klein from h3h3 Productions a popular Israeli-American comedy YouTube channel.
“At the time we were deciding on silly pictures someone suggested those poses so I just followed the crowd” Daum said “I see where [the critics] were coming from but I don’t think they really got the full context.”
She insists there was no racial undertone intended adding “I want to everyone to know that I respect the Chinese culture and every culture."
Daum’s story has quickly gained traction even making its way overseas to some Chinese publications.
One online Chinese newspaper The South China Morning Post quoted people in Mainland China who seemed supportive with some even calling it “cultural appreciation” instead of appropriation.
When asked if she regretted her decision Daum said no.
“I would wear it again” Daum said adding "I never imagined a simple rite of passage such as a prom would cause a discussion reaching many parts of the world. Perhaps it is an important discussion we need to have.”
opper C5 days ago +3019 -11
I'm a traditional Chinese with 70 years of cultural knowledge. Anyone in the world has freedom to wear qipao. Daum got the elegance and she presented it beautifully.
RKG5 days ago +4108 -48
Beautiful girl beautiful dress.
june5 days ago +2043 -14
she looks elegant.
Colleen M5 days ago +3147 -36
She looks beautiful - I remember having seen many of Hollywood's leading ladies wearing Chinese inspired dresses to the Academy awards (when I used to watch them). She should wear it again much nicer than a lot of other prom dresses I've seen lately.
christine5 days ago +894 -7
I am Asian and I think she looks so lovely in that dress; I would be proud if someone is wearing my Vietnamese "ao dai" to the prom.
Anthony5 days ago +2376 -30
She looks great on the dress and the palms (pray) photo is cute. I am Taiwanese American and 100% fine with these photos!
summer5 days ago +1881 -9
Apparently people are running out of things to complain about these days. It was a beautiful dress
john 245 days ago +1665 -23
I like the dress and it just looked great on her
ChrisL5 days ago +1765 -38
Might I suggest to the Chinese American student on Twitter that from now on they should no longer wear blue jeans khakis sneakers cowboy boots or any other sort of "western style" clothing. Cultural appropriation goes both ways...
Bryan5 days ago +1029 -12
This is exactly what we need - more young people unwilling to apologize to the PC police over something that is not in the slightest bit wrong.
Jimmy5 days ago +1118 -21
She looks great. I'm Chinese and if she wore it with dignity and light hearted ... good for her.
Trumptard Police5 days ago +1468 -25
So you can only wear Hawaiian shirts if you are from Hawaii?
Larry5 days ago +853 -13
political correctness has "jumped the shark"
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