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01:49 PM on 11/25/13
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Not a fan of the performance, but I'm part Japanese, and I dont find this offensive at all.

If she's not marginalizing or ridiculing Asian Culture, I don't really see what the problem is.

It's just fashion.

If anything - I would argue that it raises awareness and appreciation for a culture that a lot of her core audience is unfamiliar with.
04:03 PM on 11/25/13
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I'll address the three of you together: what's happening is there is a divergence in what the word "racist" means in academic and conversational settings. In many sociological circles today, "racist" no longer applies to the individual acts of bigotry and discrimination that arise from individual prejudice, but rather is used to describe symptoms and outgrowths of the racist system. This applies to school funding, health care, "crime stats," media portrayals (like Katy Perry's), etc.

Katy Perry may not be individually bigoted towards people of Japanese or Chinese descent, but she is most certainly participating wholesale in a racist culture that marginalizes and treats these cultures as interchangable and monolithic.


That was actually incredibly helpful and informative. I never thought of it that way. Thank you

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