actual Japanese people: It’s OK to speak Japanese! It’s OK to wear kimono! You can do that if you’re not Japanese! That makes me proud as a Japanese person!
white people: NO YOU CAN’T WEAR KIMONO IF YOU’RE NOT JAPANESE AND YOU CAN’T SPEAK JAPANESE IF…
It’s the sa.e shit with people that want to learn spanish. I was born and have lived in a spanish speaking country all throughout my life. If someone from another country wants to celebrate our traditions we won’t find it offensive, repulsive, racist, or even as appropriation we will see it as it is, an act of respect and interest towards our culture. All that this talk about cultural appropriation is doing is just perpetuating cultural separation and seeing others as not worthy of being part of your culture or your group. We need to learn about others and see things from their point of view and one of the best ways of doing so is learning the language and participating. As long as people learn a language or take part of cultural traditions with respect there will be no problems about it.