(WTNH) – A teen from Utah is facing backlash for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to prom.
According to Buzzfeed, 18-year-old Keziah Daum found the traditional Chinese dress, known as qipao, at a vintage store in Salt Lake City.
She told Buzzfeed that she was “drawn to the beautiful red gown and was thrilled to find a dress with a modest neckline.”
After posting photos from her prom on Twitter, Jeremy Lam, a University of Utah student, quote-tweeted Daum and accused her of cultural appropriation.
Since then, Lam’s tweet was retweeted over 42,000 times and started a huge debate on twitter.
Daum responded by tweeting that she was just showing appreciation for the culture.
“To everyone causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to the Chinese culture. I’m simply showing my appreciation to their culture. I’m not deleting my post because I’ve done nothing but show my love for the culture,” Daum said.
honey, you look beautiful and so is that cheongsam but I am curious.. are you part chinese?— katana (@bunchukuu) April 27, 2018
It’s not your culture, mate. Your parents might be Chinese, but you’re American through and through. How can I tell? Because you’re so eager to lay claim to owning someone else’s entire culture.— Iona Italia (@IonaItalia) April 29, 2018
I’m Taiwanese, live in Taiwan, and I don’t see how the qipao is considered in any way a “traditional dress.” The modern qipao rose to popularity in Shanghai which was the most Westernized part of China in the early twentieth century— dana 🍳 (@danachewy) April 29, 2018
I just gotta say that 1-Z! You look beautiful and I’m so proud of you for representing a world full of beautiful cultures. 2-the U.S is literally a MIXING POT of culture. That’s why so many people came to America. because they knew their culture would be widely accepted & it is!— nub (@savannahwoolst1) April 28, 2018