Evolution, empowerment, tribute, or a "dehumanized-commercialized-pseudo-bastardized-anlgoized
The next three segments will look at specific cases of cultural
iconography, codification and commodification. All segments supply imagery and
text from a variety of sources. The idea here is to examine each segment and
keep in mind the many shifts and impositions ethnic cultures can undertake.
Culture can evolve into a greater or more current state. It can also be re-invented
and used as a source of empowerment. Respect for one's culture can also be shown
in benign acts of imitation. Or, culture can be brokered and prostituted for
the gains of a removed, and usually insensitive, conglomerate.
The Sacrilege of Body Manipulations
Hip-Hop and Hilfiger
Savage Men and Exotic Women
*The end phrase comes from a spoken word piece, entitled "Race
and I'm Running" by Marlon Unas. This is from the CD, Broken Speak:
I was Born With Two Tongues, which includes a collection of work from different
Asian American spoken word artists and musicians.