Lesson 2 of the Transcultural Module looked at issues of appropriation and misappropriation. The students created an impressive list of the types of things that were appropriated in India and things that have been misappropriated from India.
In distinguishing appropriation from misappropriation from each other, a key insight was made by the students. Appropriation recognises the skill of the creative culture. Even if borrowed at a superficial level that is okay because there is opportunity to build depth over time. Misappropriation is taking something that has sacred meaning, which hurts more deeply.
After discussion, we watch the Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls videos to prepare for them to make one based on the ethnic stereotypes about their specific groups. We have a very diverse group of participants from all over India. The students did it in their own languages, but the humor was apparent through the laughter of the students who got it. Unfortunately, we will not show the videos. Just trust me that they were good.
List of the types of appropriation and misappropriation in the Indian context
Misappropriations mapped against Ziff and Rao's four complaints of misappropriation
Thumbnails of the students' Shit that people say to them as ________.