Cultural Appropriation Essay
In a world of increasingly rampant globalization aided by advancements in transportation and technology, cultural exchange has become a daily event that spans across continents in less than a second. A product of this exchange, however, has been increasingly on the receiving end of criticism during recent years. A specific term has been commonly adopted and used to summarize this wave of disapproval: Cultural appropriation. Seen by some as a sort of cultural, exploitive crime, I believe cultural appropriation to be just another part of the process of interaction in our modernized world.
Since the early development of civilizations, cultures have borrowed and adopted ideas from each other. As an example, …show more content…
Cultural appropriation can exist between cultures and be beneficial and enjoyable for both. For example, many western cultures enjoy traditional Japanese dishes like sushi, which is constantly being reinvented and modified to fit western taste. In turn, the celebration of Christmas, a western religious holiday, has become popular and is celebrated across Japan. In both instances these cultures are borrowing from each other but neither is attempting to steal the other’s culture or devalue it. Appropriation goes both ways; most cultures are simultaneously borrowing from others, and being borrowed from. This is cultural exchange.
It is true that potentially damaging consequences might originate from appropriating a culture’s physical or intellectual property. If the goal is a detrimental caricature of a culture’s ideals, the mockery of their beliefs or if the appropriation comes from the theft of an artifact or an insensitive use of a sacred symbol. All of these deeds are reprehensible, unethical and should condemned. However, not all cultural appropriation comes with negative connotations. It can come as a tribute, a form of admiration or have the intention of learning and adopting what we see as interesting and valuable.
The point to this is that no culture is “pure”, all