A TikTok video depicting the difference in reactions between Asian Americans and Asians in relation to cultural appropriation has gone viral.
Read Choiwho has over 4.5 million followers on TikTok, uploaded a video on Thursday pointing out how Asian Americans react differently to foreigners wearing traditional Korean clothing as compared to Asians.
In the video, Choi pretends to be a foreigner wearing a hanbok.
Responding as an Asian American, Choi says, “Are you wearing a Hanbok? That’s cultural appropriation. Stop colonizing my culture. That’s offensive.”
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In contrast to the seemingly angry reaction, Choi then goes on to depict how a person who grew up in Asia might react.
“Wow, it looks so good. You look so handsome. You did well. Very cool!” Choi says in Korean.
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“Maybe… they appreciate the culture, and we don’t have to blame them for not knowing all our history?” Choi wrote in the post’s description.
The video has since garnered nearly a million views and more than 170,000 likes, with viewers agreeing with the reality of Choi’s sketch.
“This! I own a Japanese Kimono that was gifted to me, but I’m white and can’t even wear it,” one user explained. “It is beautiful and I felt stunning, but the backlash is starting to make me resent the gift and make me sad. It sits in my closet collecting dust because I have no heart to throw it out, but refuse to wear it.”
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“When I was [in] Seoul, I woke up in a Hanbok and all the grannies said I was really pretty,” another viewer said.
“Facts. It’s the same with Africans and African Americans. I think our experiences are different,” one person commented.
A “trans-racial” influencer Oli London commented on the post with two laughing emojis, prompting one user to respond, “Oli u are the problem here.”
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