Laura Quinney, Brandeis University, Prof. The conference will be an invitation to look at Romantic meditations on the course of human life, from the poetics of infancy and coming of age, to the literature of maturity.
From the Archives As Halloween approaches along with all the stomach-turning caricatures of minorities and foreigners, I find myself repeating the same question over and over: Obviously, the most offensive appropriations rely on inane stereotypes most people I know would never go near.
Hindus do not applaud non-Hindus flaunting bindis. Nowadays brides in China often wear two wedding dresses on their big day: When a friend from Chengdu married her German husband in Berlin, she turned this trend on its head, wearing a Western designer dress that was red and then a cheongsam that was white.
Borders move and cultures blend constantly throughout history, often blurring the line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange. For this reason, it is important to remember that absorbing the fashions and customs of another culture is not always offensive.
But it is just as important to remember that it is not always open-minded, either. After all, colonial history is rife with Westerners who filled their homes with foreign gear and lectured others about the noble savage.
But minorities tend not to like it when an outsider appoints herself an expert and lectures more than she listens. Or thinks that listening to minorities is a heroic act, rather than common courtesy.
Thanks to language barriers and the insular nature of expat bubbles and tourist tracks, it is fairly easy to study or even live in another culture for several years without getting to know a single person from that culture.
Whether venturing to the other side of the world or the other side of the tracks, it is always much easier to buy something, taste something, or get a bit of history from a book than to talk to someone from another culture.
If we do actually strike up a conversation with someone from another ethnic group, whether Liverpudlian or Laotian, the temptation to flaunt the experience like a feat of greatness can be overwhelming. Jarune Uwujaren wrote about this pervasive temptation last month: But instead, he wore them from a place of respect.
Appreciating the beauty in other cultures is always preferable to xenophobia. Enjoying a trip abroad that happened to involve minimal interaction with the locals is perfectly fine. But drawing attention to oneself for reveling in the mysteriousness of a culture is to revel in its supposed Otherness.
Whenever an entire culture is reduced to its exoticism, it becomes nothing more than an accessory or a toy — not a sign of cultural understanding. The blog Hanzi Smatter documents and explains the snafus and utter nonsense that so often result when Westerners get tattoos of Chinese characters copied off the Internet.
Such incidents demonstrate that vanity is often mistaken for art. I am not saying artists should not tackle controversial or challenging subjects. However, if we choose to take on challenging material, we should be prepared to have challenging conversations.
I absolutely believe that art will not suffer from sensitivity. Sensitivity should make us work harder, research more, and think more. Art can only benefit from that. Indeed, nothing suffers from genuine sensitivity.
The lesson from colonialism is not to stop exploring the world and reading about it, but to always bear in mind that there can be no cultural understanding without dialogue. When deciding whether to adopt a tradition or style from another culture, we should consider what several people from that culture have to say about it.
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Oct 01, · What makes cultural appropriation different from cultural exchange Cultural appropriation involves the use of one culture’s elements by a group or individual who does not belong to that. Mar 16, · Borders move and cultures blend constantly throughout history, often blurring the line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange.
For this reason, it is important to remember that absorbing the fashions and customs of another culture is not always offensive.