Posts tagged Truth.
On “Kawaii” and Appropriation
I am Japanese and I find the usage of the word “kawaii” by non-Japanese people to be extremely appropriative and damaging. I’ll tell you why:
- It is not just a word for cute. When non-Japanese people say something is “kawaii,” they are not simply saying something is cute. There are hella connotations and implications that come with the word. Which brings me to…
- The subtleties of Japanese pop culture, style, street fashion, etc. get completely lost on non-Japanese people. “Kawaii,” the way non-Japanese people use it, is like a 2-d projection of a very complex and multi-faceted subculture. The subversiveness and subtleties of things like Lolita and Harajuku culture are completely erased when taken out of context and away from actual Japanese people.
- “Kawaii” as an aesthetic contributes to the commodification and exotification of Japanese people. Japanese pop culture and style is not for your consumption. It is not for you to steal and make money off of. It is not for you to exploit. There is a very thin line between “appreciating” things from other cultures and appropriation. You are allowed to engage in Japanese pop culture, but chances are that your desire to consume it is rooted in some really deep exotification, which also ties into…
- Japanese people are not your prop or your costume, we are not here to be cute for you. “Kawaii” and its implications contribute to stereotypes about Asian people. We are not cute, quiet, submissive playthings for your enjoyment. The stereotype that all asian people are just docile is really damaging. I am not your asian bitch. I may be cute, but it’s not for you. We are radicals, we are angry, we fight. That shit isn’t “kawaii.”
- We are so much more than what you take from us.We aren’t just peace-sign loving girls in pigtails and school-girl outfits. We have an entire fucking culture and language that is incredibly rich and beautiful. “Kawaii” as a style just serves to make a caricature out of an entire culture and people.
So basically, if you’re not Japanese, don’t say “kawaii.” Just call it fucking cute. That way your words won’t carry racist implications and I won’t think you’re an asshole.
**This is just what I feel about the matter. My voice should not and does not represent all Japanese people. However, my voice calling this out should be enough for people to stop doing this. It is offensive. It is disrespectful. It is hurtful.
All of this. All. Of. This.
Just a friendly reminder that the US government is responsible for the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
You know, the politicians call it socialism when they give a little money to the poor to keep them alive but when they give huge amounts of money to a big business to keep it alive they call it “subsidies.
Israel is as much a victim of Palestinians as US is of the Iraqis. Meaning: It’s not a victim - at all. In fact, it’s the opposite.
The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, and then you’ll get action.
For example, though the identity ‘Asian American’ was initially imposed by the dominant society, it has acquired personal and social salience among second generation Americans of various Asian ethnic grops due to the shared experiene of anti-Asian racism and growing up outside the boundaries of whiteness.
Now it’s white women,
Now we overlook a sister cuz a white girl thick?
Uhhh, that’s me scratchin’ my head
Perhaps a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant
I’m so tired of hearing how there no more true good rappers way to be ignorant… , We destroyed hip-hop. Lets take it further Blaming rappers these days. Hip-hop was never meant to be about being gangster. A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Krs-One… do they ring any bells? Hip-Hop was never to flex on who was the “Realest”. It was about expressing yourself and uprising through all circumstances and uplifting the beliefs we have in a culture at the time that forced people to live a box in the urban world… and yes party and live freely as well through those values. Time and time again some body comes with songs with how rich they are; the degradation of women, or with the gangster element and we ate that crap up. So people who marketed off this stuff didn’t care about what we valued in hip-hop; they wanted to get rich quick and some of these rappers made it easily possible . So we destroyed it because we gave some of the dumbasses the power to do so. We destroyed H.E.R (and if don’t understand that acronym, than you’re part of the problem).
I don’t think you can be an ally without getting dirty….
If you’re comfortable.. You might be doing it wrong…
My only addition:
If you’re comfortable.. You
might beare doing it wrong…