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4 months ago1,000+ Views
What Do You Think?
A Utah mom inadvertently sparked a fire when she threw a Japanese-themed birthday party for her daughter, Caitlyn, and posted about it on her blog. Tumblr somehow got a hold of it, and some users started dragging the mom for encouraging racism. One commentator, who happened to be Japanese, however, came in to set the record straight, and it was pretty much the mic drop of the century.

The mom in question, who runs a party planning blog called The Gala Gals, is just one of the latest people to enter the fierce modern debate on cultural appropriation, and when it is and isn’t okay. Do you dress up as people from other countries in order to make fun of them? You’re probably a racist. Do you like wearing a kimono because you appreciate its beauty and historical significance to Japan? Go right ahead. A strong argument can be made, after all, that stigmatizing the sharing of cultural elements only creates more distance between us.
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Im part Japanese and I didnt find the girl racist at all. I think it's adorable and she's learning about a different culture. When I was little, I was obsessed with Pocahontas, and I wore native american dresses and moccasins all the time. I even learned a few words in their language.
4 months ago·Reply
I think the little girl looks adorable as a tradional.Japanese geisha. She is learning about Japanese tradions and culture, which should be encouraged. I don't see how someone would think she is making fun of the Japanese at all. My first thought actually was Mulan though.
4 months ago·Reply
that party shouldn't be labeled "cultural appropriation." That party is cultural appreciation.
4 months ago·Reply
ok please do not judge me for this but whatever that is on table in the background made me extraordinarily hungry
4 months ago·Reply
probably really good udon. Lol. I agree now I'm craving udon noodles. lol
2 months ago
it's not racist. that person who started that crap is just immature and wants to start drama cuz they don't have a life of their own.
3 months ago·Reply
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