It’s a classic Shanghai sight: older Chinese men sporting rakish berets. The iconic headwear of the French never seems to have gone out of style among gentlemen of a certain age in Shanghai, a legacy formed during the period of the French Concession (1849-1945). Some hypothesize that since famous revolutionaries like Fidel Castro and Che Guevara also favored these practical chapeaux, Chinese men may have felt comfortable wearing them post-1949. Patrick Cranley’s been on the streets of Frenchtown and beyond, documenting the laokele (distinguished Shanghai gentlemen) and their berets.So both the French and the Cubans should be complaining about cultural appropriation? They don't? Because complaining about cross border fashion is a nonsense!
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
This case of the white Utah student wearing a Chinese dress to her prom, and getting attacked for "cultural appropriation" is quite ludicrous. It's worrying that so many tweeted in support of the complainant Jeremy Lam. His take on the matter makes no sense at all - why the heck isn't a white woman wearing the same dress that (allegedly) was a symbol of Chinese female empowerment not seen an endorsement of the (alleged) same positive meaning behind its creation? And what of expensive European fashion labels having stores in Beijing and Shanghai? Why isn't cashed up Chinese women buying, I don't know, a beret "culturally appropriating" from the French? Actually, now that I Google it: