I am not your fucking china doll cultural appropriation
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Not you’re fucking China doll!

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Jacket: H&M, Blouse: Zara, Culottes: Asos Watch: DKNY, Earrings: Freedom at Topshop

Not you’re fucking “China doll”.

This might sound like a cliché, but this still happens to me! Yes, I am asian and No, I am not Chinese. To start with, all Asians are not Chinese and since when Cheongsam is trendy again? It’s the 90’s comeback  that’s bringing in all the prints, Chinese embroidered mini dresses & kimono. 

I wish I could go back in time and let that little girl know that she would love her for being her. As kids we are naïve and our behaviour is based on our past experiences. While my ethnicity called in for that extra attention and cat calling on streets. On the other hand, white girls on television wearing asian dresses and kimono was considered cool. I didn’t understand and I felt something was wrong with me. So I dealt with things and tried my best to not cause more attention and avoid wearing things that will bring up my ethnicity. That was me as a little girl. Well, a lot has changed since then. Now I feel powerful and won’t let people and society decide for me. 

With come back to Cheongsam. The runway obsession of Chinese prints and dresses have now taken over the high streets. Brands like Zara, Topshop & Asos are on point with the trends. And with that, I have just one thing to say. Don’t let them decide for you!

On a side note…do it if you love it! Few years ago, on our last visit to Nepal I bought this silk printed Chinese fabric and had it custom-made. Last week on my quest to finding winter jackets I found this dress put away in a box. 

To be continued…

Sita <3

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