British Museum Complains That Asian Names ‘Can Be Confusing’ and Twitter Absolutely Exploded

British Museum Complains That Asian Names ‘Can Be Confusing’ and Twitter Absolutely Exploded

September 13, 2017
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The British Museum’s attempt to participate in a worldwide publicity stunt has backfired tremendously, as they have revealed that they steer clear from too many Asian names since they “can be confusing”.
The tweet was in response to a question posited by the Sydney Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences during the worldwide #AskACurator event, wherein museums all over the globe answered burning questions from inquisitive minds.
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And although several curators responded to this inquest, the British Museum’s “Keeper of Asia”, Jane, soon found her answer standing head and shoulders above the rest — for the wrong reason.
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Netizens were quick to point out just how problematic this sentiment was, especially coming from someone of authority.
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The British Museum quickly realized the error in their ways and offered two apologies…
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…which were, again, met with dissatisfaction from Twitter users.
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Perhaps the British Museum will think twice before participating in the next #AskACurator event; hopefully, this experience has challenged them to consider using more “Asian names” in the future.
Feature image via Wikimedia Commons / (Left): Diliff (CC-BY-SA-3.0) / (Right): Mike Peel (CC-BY-SA-4.0)
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