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Every time I read something about cultural appropriation I start thinking
maybe going to Bollywood dance lessons with only one asian person, who is not the teacher, is kind of tacky
and I conclude
yes, yes it is
but I'm going to keep going anyway because it's the only sort of exercise I've ever been able to stick with,
and other dancing involves like looking at each other and holding hands and stuff.
which, no.
so.

Like, I'm not saying my need for exercise make it somehow shiny
I'm just going to go.

this is an unsatisfying conclusion
which is why I have this thought loop a lot.

Date: 2017-05-17 04:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crabby_lioness
It's called "Bollywood" for a reason. It's a fusion product, like modern postural yoga. It's only vaguely traditional.

Date: 2017-05-21 11:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] baronjanus
It's not appropriation because you just do it for fun. You don't go around lecturing Indian people on how they're doing it wrong. You're not saying you invented it. You're not doing it to mock them. You just dance because you enjoy it, presumably, or because for other reasons it makes you feel good. It's not more appropriation than buying Indian food because you think it's tasty.

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