This is for episode 8. I know it's not the most recent episode, but I just started to watch Project Runway. I liked this episode since anything that has to do with feminine glamour and seductive danger is up my alley. But something about this episode irked me, especially because I am Asian. So this is more of a slight rant. "Oriental"? "Shanghai"? "Kimono"? Seriously? Anything to do with Shanghai, which is in CHINA by the way, does not mean it represents all of Asia. That's like saying all the Spanish speaking countries, Spain, South America, Central America, so forth, are all the same. All black people - who can be Haitian, African, Dominican, Cuban, etc. - are all the same. Middle Eastern, Arabic, Islamic, Muslim, Indian - it's all the same, right? WRONG. I guess I was just surprised at the apparent ignorance of the show. How the hell does "kimono" and "Shanghai" have to be related? Especially for a person in fashion, I'd expect America to at least know the difference between what is Chinese and what is Japanese with the past exposure. And Joe, that costume of a dress you made is strictly Chinese, not "something oriental" or "Asian fusion." If it was a fusion, you'd have one hideous looking mess.
I guess I can't blame people but considering this is fashion, it's like disregarding the tradition a nation represents. If I place beads around a neck and a head wrap on the head, does that represent all of Africa? Do people know how many Asian countries there are where each have a total different structure, culture, language, and behavior? A LOT. It's the same with cooking shows. Sesame, string beans, noodles and soy sauce - voila "Asian." Riiiiiight. I'm sorry, that covers about ONE Asian country. If you're ignorant about it, fine, whatever, but if you're going to represent something - this case, a culture of a nation through fashion - at least keep the descriptions right instead of throwing the wrong terminology everywhere. I can't say I do the same thing since I always try to keep cultural facts right by travelling a lot around the world and learning what the world offers. I just wish people weren't so nonchalant about it. Just wanted to point this out.
I guess considering the interests I have, I am uptight about this, so I blew something micro onto a macro level scale, but just wanted to mention it. Excuse :]