Cultural-Appropriation Outrage over a Prom Dress

Women in Qionghai, China, attend a cheongsam show ahead of International Women’s Day, March 7, 2018. Inset: Keziah Daum in her prom dress (Stringer/Reuters; inset via Twitter)

It shows that people are desperate to be offended.

I am very critical of China’s government. It’s corrupt, authoritarian, and in some respects totalitarian. I have deep reservations about Chinese culture as well. The Chinese government bans sex-selective abortions — i.e., killing females in utero — but Chinese people still do it in staggering numbers. China also practices ethnic discrimination that would be instantly recognizable as a kind of Jim Crow or apartheid if the majority Han Chinese were white and minorities such as the Uighurs were black. I could go on, but you get the point.

The reason I bring all of this up is that I want to

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