Category: Cultural Appropriation


Many thanks to Joanna De Souza, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kathak Dance, for writing the article below about her work as a Caucasian Kathak Dancer. Kathak dance is an integral part of the choreographer that Anita created and performs in Fish Eyes Trilogy. We’re delighted to have Joanna’s contribution to the website, speaking to the intricacies […]

I’ll Disband My Roving Gang of Thirty Asian Playwrights When You Stop Doing Asian Plays in Yellow Face* (*Exception: David Henry Hwang’s play Yellow Face)

Howlround has published a fantastic article about the representation of diversity in theatre and the fact that yellow face is still used unabashedly on some major stages in the United States. In it, HowlRound.com contributor Mike Lew envisions a a new norm for what equitable representation in theatre would look like. He points out that the thirst for Asian-American theatre is […]

Iggy Azalea and a Culture of Appropriation

Anita Majumdar’s Candice Paskis may have her work cut out for her if she wants to top Iggy Azalea in the cultural appropriation race. It’s disturbing when the another culture is fetishized for what Iggy describes as a “fantasy” music video. “Fantasy” it may be, but your cultural appropriation is not fantasy, it’s blatant. /EMH Originally published […]

What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is cultural appropriation? A fantastic tedx Youth Talk from Ann Arbor that focuses on the cultural appropriation perpetuated in pop culture. Aaliyah Jihad kills it in her explanation, exploration, and suggestions around the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange. /EMH ———-    

A Glimpse Into the Life of a Radical, Brown, Queer Family

Our friends over at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre asked amazing performer, mother, entrepreneur, and all around super-star Catherine Hernandez to write a blog post about what it’s like to be a radical, brown, queer momma. Here’s what she had to say… /EMH Originally posted on Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Blog, written by Catherine […]

Why a Bindi is Not Cultural Appropriation

There have been a number of concerns around cultural appropriation, specifically concerning the use of the bindi. After Selena Gomez’s appearance at the MTV Awards in 2013 and the outcry from Hindu leaders there were some serious accusations about cultural appropriation thrown around on social mdia. In this blog post, published by The Huffington Post, […]

Selena Gomez Bindi: Hindu Leaders Demand Apology For MTV Movie Awards

An oldie, posted originally in 2013, but a goodie when it comes to cultural symbols and whether or not the adoption of them in pop culture is cultural appropriation. Selena Gomez is certainly not the first pop star to use a bindi, specifically, in her performances (e.g. Madonna, Gwen Stefani), but that is not a […]

I Don’t Want A Colourblind World

Tanisha Taitt, a Toronto-based theatre artist and educator, wrote this fantastic piece on her blog, The Bodhichitta Bowl, in August 2014. In it she  points out the difficulties of the term “colourblind” and what the impact of that is for people of colour, and specifically for Black people. Instead she calls for a colour-kind world, […]