Odds and Ends
7 10, 9:17pm
The trouble with appropriation is not two cultures able to keep their identity, sharing ideas. The trouble is when one culture overrides another, and changes the other's identity fundamentally to the point that the other culture is all but lost. We see this with the First People of Northern America, and the Ainu of Japan, and Aboriginals of Australia. If you can even picture what they or their culture looks like, you are picturing what the conquering culture stereotyped them as. Growing up, their identity is largely shaped by someone else's view of their culture, and not actually by their culture.
Cultural sharing is great, as long as the culture taken from remains (like India spinning Bollywood off of America's Hollywood, that is just fantastic!)