In case you missed it, I have an article in The Atlantic on the limits of the usual cultural appropriation/cultural appreciation debate. I suggest, instead, that “inappropriate” conversations about fashion – with a focus on what gets left out of processes of appropriation and what isn’t appropriate-able – provides a useful way out of the back-and-forth, we said-they said discursive cycle that hasn’t gotten us very far.
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- ICYMI: A Case for Inappropriate Conversations About Fashion June 8, 2014
- “Asian Americans in Fashion” on CUNY TV October 16, 2013
- Why Fashion Should Stop Trying to be Diverse September 30, 2013
- The Techno-Orientalist, White Feminist History of “Harem Pants” August 27, 2013
- Meet the Burka Avenger! July 25, 2013
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- RT @minh81: FYI, my @STCollective essay on fashion copying/appropriation now out (w/ shout outs 2 @NativeApprops @beyondbuckskin https://t.… 2 months ago
- Just had sneak peek at @TheFunambulist_ "Clothing Politics" issue (avail Jan '16). *THIS* is how to think/write about fashion! #cannotwait 1 year ago
- RT @minh81: Le voilà! And the book is real. instagram.com/p/9YbKJQmOFGjW… 1 year ago
- RT @minh81: I'm in excellent co. w/ Reina Lewis, Ashley Mears ++ "Between Catwalk & Consumer: Fashion’s Growing Diversity Gap" http://t.co/… 1 year ago
- RT @minh81: Lisa asked me to provide commentary on an earlier version of this + I *really* need to work on my radio voice. lol. https://t.c… 1 year ago