Let’s take a moment to bask in the glory of warm weather. Thank goodness the cold and snow is behind us at least for a little while. I’m sure most of us enjoy hanging out with friends, take photos alone or even workout.
Cultural appropriation is defined as the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of a people or society by members of another, typically more dominant group of people or society. Cultural appropriation has become a new medium for ignorance in social media, and, more recently, in fashion.
In the US, students are taught at a young age that the country we live in is a giant melting pot. It’s a metaphor for the coming together of people from varying cultures and backgrounds: the ingredients, into something greater, like Bo Kho (Vietnamese beef stew).
I grew up in Indonesia and Singapore, and the pressure to have "double eyelids" (eyelids with a crease) is high. I grew up believing that getting the "double eyelid surgery" to add a crease to my monolids is a normal rite of passage like graduating high school or making questionable fashion choices in your teenage years.