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.
This isn’t ok. I wouldn’t wear traditional Korean, Japanese or any other traditional dress and I’m Asian. I wouldn’t wear traditional Irish or Swedish or Greek dress either. There’s a lot of history behind these clothes. Sad.
Asian cultures are NOT an aesthetic you can just don for an evening. Your intentions are irrelevant, your poor judgment is cultural appropriation and contributes to the fetishization of Asian women and commercialization of our culture for white gain. Check your privilege.
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.”
I don’t see the big deal of me wearing a gorgeous dress I found for my last prom. If anything, I’m showing my appreciation to other cultures and I didn’t intend to make anyone think that I’m trying to be racist. It’s just a dress.❤️
I don’t understand everyone’s need or desire to cause so much hate. I’m simply showing my love for a beautiful culture and there is nothing wrong with that. Keep talking shit. I don’t care. I have much respect for the Chinese culture ❤️
To everyone causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to the Chinese culture. I’m simply showing my appreciation to their culture. I’m not deleting my post because I’ve done nothing but show my love for the culture. It’s a fucking dress. And it’s beautiful.
To everyone who says I’m ignorant, I fully understand everyone’s concerns and views on my dress. I mean no harm. I am in no way being discriminative or racist. I’m tired of all the backlash and hate when my only intent was to show my love.
However, many have pointed out the problem in dismissing a country’s cultural clothing as “just a dress”.
—Chinese culture. she has ignored all criticism and called it “just a dress”. it’s not a just a dress. it’s years of culture and meaning and she chose to disrespect it. she showed no sign of even being knowledgeable about Chinese tradition.
Am I the only Asian person that’s NOT offended by this? And people are saying her namaste pose is racist. I’m pretty sure that’s the pray hands pose that y’all been doing since the early 2000s. https://t.co/xHPcyh6YUd
she had zero idea she was about to get hate from thousands of people over it. No need to call someone lazy when they’re trying to enjoy prom & look pretty- just because they didn’t address a racial issue is enough to recognize she may have not understood it either originally
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.