Non-Asian Woman Wearing Qipao to Prom Sparks MASSIVE Cultural Appropriation Debate on Twitter

Non-Asian Woman Wearing Qipao to Prom Sparks MASSIVE Cultural Appropriation Debate on Twitter
Ryan General
By Ryan General
April 29, 2018
A Twitter user sparked a heated debate online after posting images of herself wearing a traditional Chinese dress to prom.
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The woman wore the tight-fitting stylish dress known as Cheongsam or Qipao on her prom night and posted the images on her Twitter account @daumkeziah.
Her post soon became viral with thousands of likes and retweets, earning criticisms from netizens who found her choice of attire a form of cultural appropriation. Some Twitter users even went as far as labeling it as racism.
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She has since addressed the criticisms and dismissed the negative reactions by saying she was simply appreciating Chinese culture. She also found nothing wrong since she was merely wearing “a f***ing dress.”
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However, many have pointed out the problem in dismissing a country’s cultural clothing as “just a dress”.
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Some also took an issue with the pose she and her friends made:
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There were also those who defended Daum’s prom dress, pointing out that her critics were merely being sensitive about something that is, for them, a non-issue.
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Popular Asian American YouTuber Gina Darling also weighed in on the issue on her Twitter account @MissGinaDarling, saying that instead of being offended, she appreciated that others find her culture beautiful.
However, Twitter user @asianpocunite disagreed.
 
Meanwhile, Twitter user @patriciaah_1 explained how, despite having the noblest intentions, wearing “cultural” clothing can still be problematic:
NextShark has reached out to the woman for comment and will update accordingly.
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